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North Korea Rocket: Canada Condemns Long-Range Rocket

12/12/2012 02:30 EST | Updated 02/10/2013 05:12 EST
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Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird announces Canada is breaking diplomatic relations with Iran during an availability at the APEC Summit in Vladivostok, Russia, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. Baird said Friday that the Canadian embassy in Tehran will close immediately and Iranian diplomats in Canada have been given five days to leave. He says he's worried about the safety of diplomats in Tehran following recent attacks on the British embassy there. He's also warning Canadians to avoid traveling to Iran. Baird says Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism and has been spreading anti-Semitic hatred. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Adrian Wyld )
OTTAWA - Canada is strongly condemning North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket, calling it reckless and provocative.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says the North's actions "clearly demonstrate its wilful defiance of its international obligations"

In a statement issued late Tuesday, Baird added that the regime in Pyongyang is a grave threat to the security and stability of the region and beyond.

Baird says with this latest launch, the regime has once again shown total disregard for its people by choosing to fund military and nuclear programs while the basic needs of the population go unmet.

He also urged North Korea to live up to its international obligations.

About two hours after the launch, North Korea's state media proclaimed it a success, prompting celebrations across the capital.

The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) later confirmed that North Korea did appear to have put an object into space.

The United Nations, as well as the U.S. and its allies see the launch as cover for a test of technology for missiles.

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