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UN Security Council condemns recent failed missile tests by North Korea

June 02, 2016, 2:15 UTC+3

According to Yonhap news agency, North Korea tried and failed a fresh ballistic missile launch on May 31

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UNITED NATIONS, June 2. /TASS/. UN Security Council has condemned three recent failed ballistic missile tests by North Korea.

"The members of the Security Council deplore all DPRK (North Korea) ballistic missile activities, including these multiple failed launches, noting that such activities contribute to the DPRK’s development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and increase tension," the council said on Wednesday.

"These repeated attempted launches are in grave violation of the DPRK’s international obligations under UN Security Council resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013) and 2270 (2016)," the council added.

"Calling on all Member States to redouble their efforts to implement fully the measures imposed on the DPRK by the Council, particularly the measures contained in resolution 2270 (2016), the Council also called on Member States to report, as soon as possible, on concrete measures they have taken in that regard," the council noted.

According to Yonhap news agency, North Korea tried and failed a fresh ballistic missile launch on May 31. Pyongyang tried to launch a Musudan medium-range ballistic missile from the eastern port city of Wonsan. In April North Korea tried to perform another three ballistic missile launches but they all proved unsuccessful.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula deteriorated after North Korea carried out a nuclear test on January 6, and on February 7 launched a carrier rocket with an artificial Earth satellite, in violation of the UN Security Council decisions. In response, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to tighten sanctions against North Korea. The document imposes a partial trade blockade on North Korea. UN member countries are now banned from purchasing the following from North Korea - coal, iron ore, rare earth metals, gold, vanadium and titanium. Deliveries of rocket and jet fuel to North Korea were also prohibited, along with any types of weapons and luxury goods.

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