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U.N. Security Council working on North Korea resolution

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council is seeking a unified response to North Korea's defiant launch of a rocket Sunday.

The North claims it launched a satellite but the U.S. and South Korea say the rocket, and whatever was on it, crashed into the Pacific. They also think it was a weapon's test, not a satellite launch attempt.

Security Council members held a three-hour emergency meeting. But they broke up for the night without issuing even a customary preliminary statement of condemnation.

Diplomats privy to the closed-door talks say China, Russia, Libya and Vietnam expressed concern about further alienating and destabilizing North Korea.

The U.S., Britain, France and Japan drafted a proposed resolution that could be adopted by the end of the week. Council diplomats say it's aimed at toughening existing economic sanctions by "naming and shaming" individuals and entities.

Mexico's Ambassador Claude Heller, the council's president, says the council will reconvene "as soon as possible" tomorrow to try to reach a consensus on what to do about North Korea.

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