UNITED NATIONS Dec 12 U.N. Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday strongly condemned North Korea's
missile launch and expressed concern that it could negatively
impact prospects for peace and security in the region.
"The Secretary-General deplores the rocket launch announced
by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea),"
Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky said in a statement.
"It is a clear violation of Security Council resolution
1874, in which the Council demanded that the DPRK not conduct
any launch using ballistic missile technology," the statement