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Security Council condemns North Korean missile launches

world Updated: Jul 07, 2009 07:52 IST
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The UN Security Council has condemned the recent missile launches by North Korea and urged the communist country to fully comply with its obligations and relevant UN resolutions.

The Security Council "condemned and expressed grave concern at the (missile) launches, which constitute the violation of UN Security Council resolutions and pose a threat to regional and international security," Uganda's ambassador to the UN Ruhakana Rugunda said on Monday.

Rugunda, who is the current president of the security council, made this statement to the press following two hours of closed-door consultations of the 15-nation Council.

He said members of the Security Council reiterated that Pyongyang "must comply fully with its obligations and relevant resolutions, including the Security Council Resolution 1718 and 1874".

North Korea fired seven ballistic missiles Saturday, raising international concerns over regional security.

According to South Korean military, the seven missiles, estimated to have a range of 400-500 km, were fired off the east coast from a base near Wonsan in Gangwon province.

The missile firing came two days after the communist country test-fired four short-range missiles off its eastern coast, which South Korean officials described as part of routine military drills.