UNSC strongly condemns North Korea missile launch over Japan

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The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea’s highly provocative launch of a missile that flew over Japan, demanding Pyongyang immediately halt such actions.

Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, also stressed the need for diplomatic and political solution to the crisis.

The launch was carried out just three weeks after a first missile overflew Japan and less than two weeks after Pyongyang’s sixth and biggest nuclear test.

The US and its allies argue that tougher sanctions can force North Korea to curb its nuclear and missile programs.

The North, however, says it needs the technology to respond to US provocations in the region.