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North Korea facing fresh sanctions over rocket

By David Hughes

Published 08/02/2016

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

North Korea could face further sanctions after launching a long-range rocket, Philip Hammond said, as the Foreign Office summoned Pyongyang's ambassador in London for a dressing down.

The Foreign Secretary, who was warned that North Korea's actions present a "threat to regional and international security", said economic sanctions would require the agreement of the UN Security Council.

An emergency session of the Security Council has been called in response to the launch, at the request of the US and Japan.

Setting out the UK's response, Mr Hammond said: "We will work with other partners, we have already strongly condemned North Korea's actions, we will be taking appropriate bilateral steps - summoning the North Korean ambassador as we always do when they carry out one of these tests.

"But we will be working with other partners, particularly the US, Japan, South Korea, in the United Nations, to take additional steps, additional measures against North Korea, stepping up the pressure on that country."

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