UN chief Ban Ki-moon Friday urged DPRK not to undertake any further provocative actions that will heighten tension in the region, according to a statement released in Geneva by his spokesperson.
"Despite its failure, the launch of a so-called 'application satellite' by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 13 April 2012 is deplorable as it defies the firm and unanimous stance of the international community," said the statement.
"The launch is in direct violation of Security Council Resolution 1874 and threatens regional stability," it said.
Ban renewed his call on the DPRK authorities to work towards building confidence with neighboring countries and improving the livelihood of its people.
He also reaffirmed his commitment to working for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and helping the people of the DPRK, in particular, by addressing the serious food and nutrition needs of the most vulnerable.