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06:32 11 March 2016

U.N. chief concerned about N. Korea missile launches

NEW YORK, March 10, Kyodo

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is "gravely concerned" about two short-range ballistic missiles that were recently launched off the east coast of North Korea in violation of past Security Council resolutions, his spokesman said Thursday.

The U.N. chief is also calling on Pyongyang to "return to full compliance with relevant Security Council resolutions" and "cease destabilizing acts, such as today's launch of two missiles," Stephane Dujarric said at a daily press conference.

Ban, he said, is also following developments on the Korean Peninsula closely, especially as tensions have heightened since the New Year and is staying in touch with the relevant parties.

The North conducted its fourth underground nuclear test in January followed last month by a launch of a long-range ballistic missile, which it claimed it has a right to do, prompting the Security Council to impose a new sanctions resolution against the isolated country last week.

On Thursday, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles from North Hwanghae Province and hit waters northeast of the port city of Wonsan after flying about 500 kilometers.

==Kyodo

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