Kim Jong-Un vowing to put more satellites into space

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's most recent rocket launch

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North Korea's leader is promising to put more satellites into space, despite international condemnation of their most recent launch.

Global leaders believed the launch earlier this month was a missile test, while North Korea claimed it was an 'Earth observation satellite'.

Kim Jong-Un has held a banquet for the scientists and technicians involved in the launch, saying it came at a time at when hostile forces "are more bloody-eyed than ever".

Associated Press reports he also added that the launch struck a “telling blow to the enemies seeking to block the advance of our country."

The UN Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's launch, which was in violation of international sanctions.

It also vowed to take "significant measures" over the rogue state's nuclear test in January that Pyongyang claims was a hydrogen bomb.

China, North Korea's most powerful ally, backed the statement, as did the other 14 council members during an emergency meeting.

In a state TV broadcast, a North Korean presenter said the "epochal" launch, personally ordered by Kim Jong Un, had "successfully put our Earth observation satellite ... into orbit".

The country said the launch of the satellite Kwangmyongsong-4, named after the leader's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il, was a "complete success" and it was making a polar orbit of Earth every 94 minutes

The rogue state insisted the rocket was part of its space exploration programme - but most of the world viewed it as a disguised ballistic missile test.