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    The UN Security Council has condemned North Korea for its latest ballistic missile test conducted on Sunday, a UN press statement said.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — According to the statement, Pyongyang carried out tests in "grave violation" of the DPRK’s international obligations under six United Nations Security Council resolutions.

    "The members of the Security Council strongly condemn the most recent ballistic missile launches conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [North Korea] on 11 February 2017 and 19 October 2016," the statement said on Monday.

    The statement also reads that UN member states should increase their efforts to ensure that measures introduced against Pyongyang are fully implemented.

    "The members of the Security Council called upon all member states to redouble their efforts to implement fully the measures imposed on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea by the Security Council".

    Japanese Ambassador to the United Nations Koro Bessho said in a press conference after the meeting that the Security Council was unanimous in condemning North Korea for its latest ballistic missile launch on Sunday, and will push for implementation of existing resolutions to address the issue.

    "We were very unanimous in saying that obviously we have to implement the very robust, strong resolution that we already have, that is a starting point, and that we will keep watching the situation very seriously."

    On Sunday, Pyongyang confirmed that it had carried out a successful test of an intermediate-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile. Launched from an airbase in the western province of North Pyongan, the missile was reported to have traveled about 480 km before plunging into the Sea of Japan.

    North Korea's neighbors warned Pyongyang that they saw the latest missile launch as a provocation, and a violation of a UN Security Council resolution prohibiting it from carrying out ballistic missile tests.

    US President Donald Trump said in a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday that North Korea is a problem that will be dealt with "strongly."


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