10:00 19 March 2016
U.N. Security Council condemns N. Korea's missile launches
NEW YORK, March 18, Kyodo
The U.N. Security Council on Friday condemned North Korea for its recent launches of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, calling them a violation of past U.N. resolutions.
"The members of the Security Council strongly condemned and expressed grave concern at the ballistic missile launches conducted by (the North) on March 18 and on March 10," according to a press statement issued after a closed-door emergency meeting.
Calling the latest missile firing "another destabilizing, dangerous launch," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power also pointed out that it "costs millions of dollars which could be used of course to provide food for the people that this regime continues to starve."
North Korea fired a ballistic missile, believed to be a medium-range Rodong model, into the Sea of Japan early Friday. Following the launch, a second ballistic missile was fired but disappeared from South Korea's military radar.
Pyongyang last launched a medium-range missile, which has a capability of striking Japan, on March 26, 2014.
On March 10, the North also fired two short-range ballistic missiles in waters off its east coast, with a subsequent declaration that it would sever all economic exchanges with South Korea.
The U.N. Security Council's statement also called on Pyongyang to "refrain from further actions" and "comply fully with its obligations" under past resolutions.
The statement also urged member states to "redouble their efforts to implement" measures set out in previous resolutions. The most recent sanctions resolution was adopted in early March after the North carried out its fourth nuclear test in January and a subsequent long-range rocket launch in February.
Japan, the United States and South Korea called for the emergency meeting.