Russia has said that it deeply regrets North Korea's long-range rocket launch, and warned that it would do nothing to help regional stability.
"Russia deeply regrets the new rocket launch undertaken by North Korea in defiance of international opinion, including calls by Moscow," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"The launch would not help the strengthening of stability and would have a negative effect on the situation in the region," it added.
According to the Herald Sun, Moscow said it was 'unacceptable' that the launch flew in the face of UN Security Council resolution 1874 that bans North Korea from the use of ballistic missile technology in rocket launches.
It called on North Korea to refrain from any new steps that would contradict UN Security Council resolutions but also urged "other sides" not to take actions that could further raise tensions, the report said. (ANI)