- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 5, 2009

PRAGUE (AP) - The United States and the European Union say North Korea’s missile launch is a threat to neighbors and demands a response from world nations.

A statement from U.S. and EU leaders calls on North Korea to abandon all nuclear weapons and “cease threatening behavior.”’

They said North Korea’s development of a ballistic missile capability “is aimed at providing it with the ability to threaten countries near and far with weapons of mass destruction.”

The leaders also said the missile launch “demands a response from the international community, including from the U.N. Security Council, to demonstrate that its resolutions cannot be defied with impunity.”

The Security Council meets later Sunday in New York.

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