sting that its long-range rocket was launched to carry a satellite into space and not a missile test, North Korea has warned that it will retaliate with "strong steps" if the UN Security Council takes any action against Pyongyang. Any action by the Council would be "undemocratic" and "attack" on his country's sovereignty and "necessary strong steps" will follow, North Korea Deputy UN Ambassador Pak Tok Hun told reporters on Tuesday. Pak's statement came even as the Security Council was deadlocked on its response to the Sunday's rocket launch with the United States and its allies. Japan has called for strong condemnation of North Korea while China and Russia have sought for a more measured and weaker response. Insisting that his country has launched a satellite and thus violated no Council resolutions, Pak said it is not fair for the western countries to launch hundreds of satellites each year and target his country when it puts one in the orbit. But the US, backed by Japan and South Korea, claimed that the Pyongyang has launched a Taepo-dong-2 missile which travelled 3,100 kilometers before falling in the Pacific even though it did not attain its full orbit.