The U.N. Security Council on Thursday issued a rebuke to North Korea over its recent ballistic-missile tests, the Yonhap News Agency reports.
"The members of the Security Council held consultations and exchanged views regarding the D.P.R.K. [North Korea]'s recent series of ballistic missile launches," the U.N. body said in a press statement. "The members of the Security Council condemned these launches as violations of Security Council resolutions ... and urged the D.P.R.K. to fully comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions."
In the last five months, Pyongyang has test-fired 12 ballistic missiles including short-range Scuds and medium-range Rodong missiles. The pace of missile firings has increased, with three rounds of Scud launches taking place on June 29, July 9 and July 13, according to Yonhap. At the same time, the North has also fired off a barrage of rockets and munitions.
North Korea is prohibited under multiple Security Council resolutions from testing ballistic missiles due to their utility in the delivery of nuclear weapons.
"It is very unusual for the Security Council to issue a statement of condemnation on short-range missile launches by North Korea," South Korean Ambassador to the United Nations Oh Joon said. "This means the North's missile problem is being taken seriously."