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Obama Says North Korea Missile a ‘Clear Violation’

April 13, 2012

President Barack Obama called the failed launch of a long-range rocket by North Korea “a clear violation” of United Nations Security Council resolutions and said the U.S. will work with other nations to further isolate the country.

In his first public comments on North Korea’s launch attempt, Obama said in an interview with Telemundo that a promise of food aid to the impoverished nation was contingent on the government abiding by “international rules and international norms.”

“So we will continue to keep the pressure on them and they’ll continue to isolate themselves until they take a different path,” Obama said in the interview taped in Tampa today and scheduled for broadcast this evening.

The UN Security Council imposed sanctions against North Korea after its first nuclear test in 2006 and followed up with more sanctions after its second test in 2009, also banning the Asian nation from developing missile technology.

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