Security Council strongly condemns DPRK ballistic missile launches

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A wide view of the Security Council Chamber. UN Photo/Manuel Elias (file)

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned recent ballistic missile launches by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the latest of which occurred over the weekend.

Members held closed door talks in New York on Monday following which they issued a statement to the press.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Security Council said the launches conducted on Saturday and in mid-October were in grave violation of the country's international obligations.

Members said they regretted that the DPRK was diverting resources towards ballistic missiles while citizens "have great unmet needs."

They urged countries to intensify efforts to implement measures imposed under previous Security Council resolutions.

 Ukraine's ambassador to the UN, Volodymyr Yelchenko, is the Security Council president for February:

"The members of the Security Council reiterated that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea shall refrain from further actions, including nuclear tests, in violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions, and comply fully with its obligations under these resolutions."

The Security Council also stressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in North-East Asia at large.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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