April 18, 2016 13:51
The UN Security Council on Friday issued a press statement condemning North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile as a violation of UNSC resolutions.
The UNSC warned Pyongyang of strong measures should it carry out any further provocations including a nuclear test or missile launch.
A UNSC press statement is a less severe measure than a resolution or presidential statement. But it is considered an important tool allowing UNSC members to present a united front on an issue of particular importance.
While it stopped short of calling a meeting, the UNSC adopted the press statement immediately after the North launched the missile from a site on its eastern coast last Friday.
Although the North's latest ballistic missile launch was a failure, "this attempt constituted a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions," the statement says.
It also points out that UNSC resolutions on North Korean nuclear tests and missile launches, adopted on five occasions from 2006 through March this year, prohibit the country from test-launching ballistic missiles, regardless of their range.
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