UN condemns North Korea ballistic missile launches

The UN Security Council is condemning North Korea's recent series of ballistic missile launches as violations of UN sanctions resolutions and urges a halt.

Ballistic missiles can be used to launch nuclear weapons

A U.S. F18 Hornet fighter attack aircraft lands on a U.S. aircraft carrier during a military exercise off South Korea's West Sea. North Korea on Monday fired a barrage of artillery shells into waters near its eastern sea border with the South. (Associated Press)

The UN Security Council is condemning North Korea's recent series of ballistic missile launches as violations of UN sanctions resolutions and urges a halt.

Ballistic missiles can be used to launch nuclear weapons, and under UN sanctions dating back to 2006 North Korea is prohibited from carrying out any launches that use ballistic missile technology. Subsequent UN resolutions require the North to abandon all ballistic missile programs. 

The Security Council noted in a brief statement Thursday that North Korea launched three rounds of Scud short-range ballistic missiles in late June and early July.

Council members urged North Korea to "fully comply" with all council resolutions.