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UN Condemns North Korean Missile Test


FILE - The U.N. Security Council votes on a resolution concerning North Korea, March 23, 2017. The council on April 6 condemned Pyongyang for its latest missile test.

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned North Korea for its ballistic missile test this week.

In a statement, the council said it was concerned about Pyongyang's "highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance of the Security Council."

Earlier Thursday, the European Union imposed new sanctions in retaliation for North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests, including its launch of a rocket into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday.

The new sanctions include investment bans on aerospace, metalworking and conventional arms-related industries, as well as prohibitions against providing computer services to people involved with mining and chemical industries.

An EU statement said the new sanctions were imposed because North Korea had violated multiple U.N. resolutions and constituted "a grave threat to international peace and security."

The European Union asked North Korea to "cease its provocations and to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs," and to begin talks with the international community.

FILE - A view of the European Parliament during a plenary session.
FILE - A view of the European Parliament during a plenary session.

Four people were also added to the EU visa ban and asset freeze list. Their names were not released.

On Wednesday, North Korea launched a projectile about 60 kilometers into the Sea of Japan. Last month, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the sea in response to annual U.S.-South Korea military drills, which the North sees as a preparation for war.

Any launch of objects using the ballistic missile technology is a violation of Security Council resolutions, but the North has defied the ban as an infringement on its sovereign rights to self-defense and pursuit of space exploration.

The sanctions announced Thursday were the second round imposed on North Korea by the European Union since late February, when Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of leader Kim Jong Un, was assassinated in Kuala Lumpur.