MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier Sunday, North Korea fired a long-range rocket, defying a UN Security Council resolution banning Pyongyang from launching rockets that may be used as long-range ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads.
“We have to state that Pyongyang does not heed the calls of the international community, once again demonstrating the defiant disregard for international law," the statement on the ministry’s website reads.
According to the ministry, such action lead to a serious aggravation of the situation on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia as a whole, "playing into the hands of those who put stakes on bloc policies and the buildup of a military confrontation and causing serious damage to the security of the states of the region, primarily of North Korea itself."
Tensions over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs escalated after Pyongyang said on January 6 that it had successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test, triggering condemnation from the international community.
North Korea previously reported a successful satellite launch in 2012, in violation of the UN Security Council resolution.