The UN Security Council on Thursday extended a mandate for sanctions on North Korea for another 13 months until April 2015 after South Korea and the United States denounced North Korea for firing off two rounds of ballistic missiles in the last two weeks, calling it a "clear and calculated" sanctions violation.
Through a report, they urged the UN sanctions committee to examine the Scud missile launches and take "appropriate action" in response to the violations of multiple Security Council resolutions.
Pyongyang launched two Scud short-range ballistic missiles from its southeastern coast on February 27th and two more Scud missiles from the same coast on March 3rd.
North Korea routinely test-fires short-range missiles, and experts say the recent launches are not expected to raise tensions in the region.
The UN Security Council slapped tough sanctions on Pyongyang in response to nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.
Additional UN resolutions require the North to abandon all of its ballistic missile programs.
Ballistic missiles can be used to launch nuclear weapons, and additional UN resolutions also demand that North Korea stop its nuclear tests and abandon all of its nuclear weapons programs.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.