UN Security Council condemns North Korea's short-range missile testsUpdated: 2014-07-18 22:40:57 (KST)
Following a closed-door meeting on Thursday, the United Nations Security Council called on North Korea to stop its recent series of short-range ballistic missile tests.
"The members of the Security Council condemned these launches as violations of Security Council resolutions, 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013) and 2094 (2013), and urged the DPRK to fully comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions."
The Council's condemnation comes after Pyongyang launched three rounds of Scud short-range ballistic missiles between June 29th and July 13th toward the East Sea off the Korean peninsula.
For conducting three nuclear tests and repeatedly testing its short- to long-range ballistic missiles since 2006, North Korea has been banned by the UN from any type of ballistic missile or nuclear-related activity.
The Council had previously released a statement denouncing the North's medium-range Rodong missile launch in March.
South Korean officials say it's very unusual for the Security Council to discuss the regime's short-range missile testing.
"It's meaningful that the Council, and not the North Korea sanctions committee, discussed the issue, after recognizing that the frequent short-range missiles on the Korean peninsula were threatening international peace and security."
Pyongyang is expected to protest the latest statement out of the United Nations.
In response to the statement in March, North Korea threatened to carry out what it called a new form of nuclear test.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.
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