Se­cu­rity Coun­cil con­demns lat­est bal­lis­tic mis­sile launch

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NEW YORK | The Se­cu­rity Coun­cil on Thurs­day strongly con­demned North Korea’s lat­est bal­lis­tic mis­sile launch and de­manded a halt to all mis­sile tests, stress­ing again that they vi­o­late U.N. sanc­tions and “are sig­nif­i­cantly in­creas­ing ten­sion in the region and be­yond.”

A press state­ment agreed to by all 15 mem­bers ex­presses “ut­most con­cern” at North Korea’s “highly desta­bi­liz­ing be­hav­ior and fla­grant and provoca­tive de­fi­ance of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil” by con­duct­ing the lat­est launch less than three weeks af­ter the pre­vi­ous test.

Ten­sions have es­ca­lated over North Korean moves to ac­cel­er­ate its weapons devel­op­ment. The North con­ducted two nu­clear tests and 24 bal­lis­tic mis­sile tests last year, de­fy­ing six Se­cu­rity Coun­cil sanc­tions res­o­lu­tions ban­ning any test­ing.

The con­stant test­ing has deep­ened con­cern, es­pe­cially in nearby Ja­pan and neigh­bor­ing South Korea, and also in Washington over fears that Py­ongyang could soon de­velop a nu­cle­ar­armed mis­sile ca­pa­ble of reach­ing the U.S. main­land.

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