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(LEAD) Park, Moon condemn N. Korea's rocket launch on campaign trail
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SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's rocket launch took center stage on the South Korean presidential campaign trail Wednesday as both ruling party candidate Park Geun-hye and main opposition contender Moon Jae-in condemned the blast-off as a violation of United Nations resolutions and a threat to international security.

The North launched a three-stage long-range rocket from the country's northwest earlier in the day in defiance of international demand to abandon the plan. South Korea, the United States and other nations have viewed the launch as a disguised ballistic missile test in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, while North Korea has insisted its aim was to put a satellite into orbit.