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U.N. Security Council to meet Tuesday over N. Korean missile launches

All News 01:36 September 06, 2016

NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Security Council will meet Tuesday to discuss a barrage of ballistic missile launches that North Korea carried out in violation of a series of U.N. resolutions, diplomatic sources said.

The meeting has been set up at the request of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan, the sources said. It comes only 10 days after the Security Council adopted a press statement condemning the North's launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine.

Earlier Monday, the North fired three Rodong medium-range missiles off its east coast. The missiles flew about 1,000 km and landed in waters some 400 km inside Japan's air defense identification zone, according to South Korea's military.

The barrage was the latest in a number of missile launches of all ranges -- short, medium, intermediate and submarine missiles -- the communist nation has been carrying out since its fourth nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket launch the following month.

Such launches represent a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions that ban the North from any activity using ballistic missile technology over concern that it can be used to develop long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

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