The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea’s rocket launch. The council said that it would speed up work on  sanctions resolution. According to BBC, North Korea stated that it fired the rocket  for a satellite launch. However, critics of the rocket program consider that the country’s real purpose was to test a ballistic missile.

Venezuelan ambassador Rafael Dario Ramirez Carreno, president of the council this month, commented that the members of Security Council strongly condemned the rocket launch. He said that it was “a serious violation of security council resolutions.” He also vowed to take significant measures against North Korea’s action.

On the other hand, 15 members of the Security Council unanimously approved a statement which emphasized how North Korea’s production of nuclear weapons would be boosted by any launch of ballistic missile technology even if it was a satellite or space launch vehicle. The statement also said that the council is committed “to continue working toward a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation leading to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula”.

UN Secretary, Ban Ki-Moon condemned the launch and said that it was highly deplorable. He also urged the country to “halt its provocative actions.”

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power commented,”We will ensure that the Security Council imposes serious consequences. DPRK’s (North Korea) latest transgressions require our response to be even firmer.”

However, North Korea remains defiant about its move. On Sunday, Pyongyang state TV declared that the country successfully launched a satellite into orbit. The statement said that it was “legitimately exercising the right to use space for independent and peaceful purposes.” The report also said that the satellite Kwangmyongsong-4 was orbiting the earth every 94 minutes and it also confirmed that North Korea would carry on launching satellite in future.

Its Moscow embassy released a statement which said, “The state agency on space exploration, following the policy of the Workers’ party of Korea on giving priority to science and technology, will continue to launch more man-made satellites.”