UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council has agreed a statement on North Korea's failed rocket launch which it will release on Monday, diplomats said.
The so-called "presidential statement" was finalized during talks at the weekend between the 15-members of the council.
The Security Council initially "deplored" the launch as a breach of UN sanctions resolutions, in the hours after the rocket disintegrated over the Yellow Sea. US ambassador Susan Rice, the council president, said an "appropriate" follow-up response was being negotiated.
"Agreement has now been reached, the presidential statement will come out Monday," one council diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The Security Council agreed sanctions against the isolated North in 2006 and 2009 after it staged nuclear weapons tests. There are now fears that the communist state could stage a new nuclear test. (AFP)