South Korea, US, Japan nuclear envoys condemn North Korea satellite launch

FILE PHOTO: A North Korean flag flutters on top of a tower at North Korea's propaganda village of Gijungdong, as seen from Paju

SEOUL (Reuters) - The nuclear envoys of South Korea, the United States and Japan during a phone call on Tuesday strongly condemned the latest attempt by North Korea to launch a satellite, Seoul's foreign ministry said.

The failed launch was a direct violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions banning the North's use of ballistic missile technology and posed a serious threat to regional peace and security, it said.

(Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Ed Davies)