South Korea to halt North Korea rocket debris search
Published: 17th Apr 2012 06:30:40
South Korea is to end its search for debris from North Korea's failed rocket launch without finding any fragments, its defence ministry said.
Muddy waters in the Yellow Sea, over which the rocket disintegrated on Friday, hampered the search of naval ships and helicopters, officials said.
The North said the rocket would launch a satellite, but critics saw it as a banned test of missile technology.
The UN on Monday strongly condemned the launch and ordered tighter sanctions.
At least 10 South Korean warships have been combing the waters where the Unha-3 rocket fell after exploding, 165km (105 miles) west of the South Korean capital, Seoul.
"No debris has been found and the operation will end officially at 17:00 (08:00 GMT)," a defence ministry spokesman was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.
Vessels from China, Russia and the US have also been searching for rocket debris, South Korean officials have said. Experts say the debris could offer an insight into the technology used by the North.
The North had warned before the launch that any attempts by other nations to retrieve any debris would result in "ruthless" retaliation.
On Monday, the 15-member UN Security Council, which includes North Korean ally China, said in a statement that the launch highlighted "grave security concerns" in Asia.
It ordered new items to be placed on North Korea's sanctions list, and a revision of the list of people and businesses subject to asset freezes.
The Security Council has already imposed tough sanctions on North Korea after rocket launches in 2006 and 2009.
Pyongyang agreed in February to a partial freeze on nuclear activities and a missile test moratorium in return for US food aid. But that deal was put on hold last month after the North announced its rocket launch plans.
Under the deal, UN nuclear inspectors would have been allowed into the country. But reports from Japan, citing unnamed senior US diplomats, said Pyongyang had now put talks on this aspect of the deal on hold.
At 12:55:33 in SportCoach Bobby Crutchley says Tim Whiteman has added an air of invincibility to the England squad for their Four Nations tournament in Glasgow.
At 12:50:28 in SportSt Johnstone striker Stevie May plans to open contract talks with the Perth club before the end of the season.
At 12:48:18 in SportTeam Sky will be without Great Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome for next month's Giro d'Italia, which starts in Belfast.
At 12:47:19 in ScotlandTwo men who admitted setting fire to a stolen car in an Aberdeenshire supermarket car park while people were still sitting inside have been told to carry out unpaid work.
At 12:47:14 in EnglandA woman in her 70s has been seriously injured after a BMW car crashed into her home in Essex.
At 12:41:30 in EnglandA detective sergeant, who was wrongly convicted of rape, has been suspended, despite an order to reinstate him.
At 12:40:59 in EnglandCoronation Street actress Barbara Knox has pleaded not guilty to drinking and driving.
At 12:38:34 in ScotlandPolice are investigating after a "large quantity" of bees were stolen from a Perthshire farm.
At 12:38:01 in SportGoodwood golfer Harry Callow says he was inspired to take up the sport after watching the film Happy Gilmore.
At 12:36:19 in WalesMore than 1,500 people in Wales have been caught not wearing seatbelts during a two-week campaign.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. South Korea to halt North Korea rocket debris search [Online] (Updated 17th Apr 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1422756/South-Korea-to-halt-North-Korea-rocket-debris-search [Accessed 24th Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
A dozen previously unknown works created by Andy Warhol have been recovered from 30-year-old Amiga disks.
Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox has pleaded not guilty to drinking and driving.
Supporters of Scottish independence have questioned why the BBC has not resigned from the CBI over the business group's referendum stance.
Shots have been fired at a house in west Belfast in an incident being treated as a hate crime by police.
Coach Bobby Crutchley says Tim Whiteman has added an air of invincibility to the England squad for their Four Nations tournament in Glasgow.
Two men who admitted setting fire to a stolen car in an Aberdeenshire supermarket car park while people were still sitting inside have been told to carry out unpaid work.