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Draft UN Council Statement 'Condemns' N.Korea Launch

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- A draft UN Security Council statement "condemns" North Korea's long-range rocket launch and says it contravened a previous council resolution banning ballistic missile and nuclear tests by Pyongyang.

The draft statement, which the five permanent members of the Security Council and Japan agreed and circulated to the other nine council members on April 11, also called on the UN sanctions committee to take steps to enforce existing sanctions against North Korea.