U.N. Security Council condemns N. Korea’s missile test

NEW YORK/SEOUL-- The United Nations Security Council on Monday condemned North Korea for its latest ballistic missile test, warning that it will implement further sanctions over its provocative acts.

In a statement, adopted unanimously, the 15-member council urged the communist nation to show "sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action."

"To that end, the Security Council demanded the Democratic People's Republic of Korea conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests," the council said, using the official name for the North.

The adoption of the statement came after Pyongyang announced the success of a mid- to long-range ballistic rocket test Sunday.

The U.N. council also plans to convene an emergency session Tuesday to discuss the North Korea issue at the request of the U.S. and Japan.

The North is banned from testing missiles using ballistic technology under multiple UNSC resolutions that have been adopted since 2006.

Pyongyang conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of missile launches last year, drawing strong condemnation from the global community. The UNSC adopted two resolutions for each of the nuclear tests last year.

South Korea's foreign ministry welcomed the latest UNSC statement as a "swift" and "resolute" response to the North's provocations, saying that it will prepare to discuss countermeasures in the upcoming emergency session of the council.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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