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North Korea missile launch 'provocative act:' US

The US State Department late on Saturday confirmed North Korea's launch of a missile and called it a "provocative act."

world Updated: Apr 05, 2009 09:08 IST

The US State Department late on Saturday confirmed North Korea's launch of a missile and called it a "provocative act."

State Department spokesmsan Fred Lash said the department had received confirmation of the launch from its operations center at 10:30 pm local time (0230 GMT).

"We look on this as a provocative act and certainly would -- from the United States -- take appropriate steps to let North Korea know that it can't threaten the safety and security of other countries with impunity and acts like these," Lash told reporters.