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MUNICH, February 12. /TASS/. China calls for adopting new UN Security Council resolution on North Korea following Pyongyang’s recent satellite launch, Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Reuters on Friday.
"(We) support the United Nations Security Council to take further steps and in adopting a new resolution so that North Korea will pay the necessary price and show there are consequences for its behavior," Wang said on the sideline of the Munich Security Conference,
Wang Yi also said that Beijing was urging the United States not to deploy its sophisticated THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile defense system in South Korea, saying it could also be used to target China.
North Korea successfully launched a satellite into space, its state-run TV said on Monday, an action immediately condemned by the United States as "destabilizing and provocative."
Carrier rocket Kwangmyongsong blasted off from the Sohae Space Center at 9 am Sunday local time, state news agency KCNA said. The Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite entered orbit nine minutes and 46 seconds after the liftoff, an operation "great leader Kim Jong Un personally ordered and directed," the TV announcer said.
According to CNN, though North Korea said the launch was for scientific and "peaceful purposes" - adding it plans to launch more satellites - it was viewed by other nations, such as Japan and South Korea, as a front for a ballistic missile test, especially coming on the heels of North Korea's purported hydrogen bomb test last month.