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US, Japan wants urgent UN meeting on missile launch

Published:Thursday | June 23, 2016 | 6:00 AM

US, Japan wants urgent UN meeting on missile launch

US, Japan wants urgent UN meeting on missile launch

UNITED NATIONS (AP):

The United States and Japan yesterday requested an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council on North Korea's launch of two ballistic missiles.

France, which holds the council presidency, said closed consultations will take place in the late afternoon.

A letter from the US and Japan said that after consulting with South Korea they were requesting a briefing from the UN Secretariat.

United States and South Korean officials said North Korea fired two suspected powerful new Musudan mid-range ballistic missiles yesterday, its fifth and sixth such attempts since April.

The Security Council, which has imposed five rounds of sanctions on the North, strongly condemned three previous launches on June 1, calling them "a grave violation" of a ban on all ballistic missile activity that contributed to the country's nuclear weapons programme.

A spokesman for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the launch "a brazen and irresponsible act", and "a deliberate and very grave violation of its international obligations".