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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in a phone conversation on Sunday Pyongyang’s long-range rocket launch, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    A man watches a news report on North Korea's planned rocket launch as the television screen shows file footage of North Korea's Unha-3 rocket which launched in 2012, at a railway station in Seoul on February 3, 2016
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier on Sunday, North Korea fired a long-range rocket, defying a UN Security Council resolution which bans Pyongyang from launching rockets that may be used as ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads. Japan’s National Security Council held a meeting shortly after the incident, as the rocket flew over Japan’s Okinawa prefecture.

    "During the conversation, the issue of the North Korean carrier rocket launch was discussed, carried out in violation of the corresponding UN Security Council resolutions," the statement reads.

    Lavrov stressed the importance of a political and diplomatic solution regarding the military and political detente in Northeast Asia.

    The telephone conversation was held at Tokyo’s request.


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