Wednesday 7 December 2016

UN to hold emergency meeting on North Korea missile launch

Published 03/08/2016 | 02:06

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pictured at a parade in Pyongyang - Seoul says his country has fired a ballistic missile (AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pictured at a parade in Pyongyang - Seoul says his country has fired a ballistic missile (AP)

The UN Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting on North Korea's latest missile tests at the request of the United States and Japan.

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South Korean and Japanese officials said one ballistic missile fired on Wednesday landed near Japan's territorial waters.

US officials said initial indications were that a second missile exploded immediately after launch.

Britain's deputy UN ambassador Peter Wilson said this was the first time a North Korean missile had landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone.

"I think this is something the council should take extremely seriously," Mr Wilson said. "This is a clear violation of Security Council resolutions."

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the tests "seriously undermine regional peace and stability".

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