Confronted by North Korea's defiant rocket launch, the UN Security Council met in an emergency session at Japan's request.
The US and its allies said that they intended to push for unanimous condemnation of the nuclear-armed communist nation, and may seek to expand existing economic sanctions.
President Barack Obama said that the rocket launch threatened the peace and stability of nations "near and far."
The rocket appears to have fizzled in the Pacific Ocean but was believed to be designed to reach US soil.
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