The White House is decrying North Korea's successful launch of a long range missile, "despite express prohibitions by United Nations Security Council resolutions."
National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor called the move a "highly provocative act that threatens regional security, directly violates United Nations Security Council resolutions 1718 and 1874, contravenes North Korea’s international obligations, and undermines the global non-proliferation regime."
He called the launch "yet another example of North Korea's pattern of irresponsible behavior" and said that "given this current threat to regional security, the United States will strengthen and increase our close coordination with allies and partners."
"North Korea is only further isolating itself by engaging in such provocative acts. Devoting scarce resources to the development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons has not brought it security and acceptance by the international community—and never will. North Korea will only truly strengthen itself by abiding by international norms, living up to its commitments and international obligations, and working to feed its citizens, to educate its children, and to win the trust of its neighbors."