GENEVA, Switzerland, The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned a ballistic missile launch by North Korea this week, saying it is a violation of an international ban on long-range missile testing.
A statement approved by all 15 members of the security council called North Korea’s actions a “grave violation” and a “flagrant violation” of security council resolutions calling on North Korea to halt their intercontinental ballistic missile system.
The security council said the continued development of long-range missiles contributes to North Korea’s development of a nuclear weapons system that destabilizes the region and inflames tensions on the Korean peninsula and northeast Asia.
The security council statement called on U.N. member states to “redouble their efforts” at a weapons embargo and economic sanctions against North Korea as a result of the missile tests.
North Korean President Kim Jong Un hailed the launch, which happened from a submarine off the North Korean coast, as a military success and show of strength. The North Korean government released video of the missile launch as proof of its success. Kim ordered the production of more submarines that could carry long-range missiles after the test.