UN Security Council To Discuss NKorea Missile Launches

UN Security Council to discuss NKorea missile launches

UNITED NATIONS, United States,(APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -6th Sep,2016) - The United Nations Security Council will meet early Tuesday to consider a response to the latest missile launches by North Korea, diplomats said.

The discussion -- requested by council members Japan and the United States -- is slated to begin at 11:30 am (1530 GMT). Pyongyang on Monday test-fired three ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, a new show of force as world leaders meet at the G20 summit in China.

A senior US administration official at the G20 in Hangzhou condemned the launches as a threat to its allies and to civilian air travel, and vowed diplomatic action against Pyongyang.

US State Department spokesman John Kirby strongly denounced the "reckless" missile launches.

"Today's reckless launches by North Korea threaten civil aviation and maritime commerce in the region," Kirby said in a statement. "We call on North Korea to refrain from actions and rhetoric that further raise tensions in the region and to focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international obligations and commitments." The missiles were fired into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) from the North's Hwangju county around 0300 GMT, a spokesman for Seoul's defense ministry said.