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U.N. Security Council meets on N.K. missile launches, but no action

All News 08:58 March 31, 2021

New York, March 30 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Security Council convened a closed-door session Tuesday to discuss North Korea's recent missile launches but took no immediate action, a report said.

On Thursday, the North test-fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea, the first such provocative move in about a year. The launches came just days after it fired two cruise missiles into the Yellow Sea.

The Security Council held the half-hour meeting, but it released no statement, according to AFP. A diplomat was quoted as saying that a majority of council members expressed concerns and renewed calls for denuclearization.

Ahead of the meeting, Jo Chol-su, director-general of the Department of International Organizations of North Korea's foreign ministry, accused the council of violating its sovereignty and applying a "double standard."

On the North's missile launches, U.S. President Joe Biden has said that the U.S. would respond accordingly if the North escalates tensions and that he is also prepared for "some form of diplomacy."

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