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U.N. Condemns North Korean Ballistic Missile Tests

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Ahn Young-joon—AP A South Korean soldier watches a TV news program showing images of North Korea's ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Aug. 25, 2016.

Pyongyang's missile tests "increase tension" in the region says the U.N.

(UNITED NATIONS) — The U.N. Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch, which failed, as a “grave violation” of its sanctions banning such tests.

The U.N.’s most powerful body, in a statement approved Monday by its 15 members, also deplored all North Korean missile tests, saying they contribute to the country’s “development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and increase tension.”

The council noted that Saturday’s attempted launch followed 11 previous ballistic missile launches and a nuclear test on Sept. 9, all in violation of its resolutions.

Council members reiterated their demand that Pyongyang halt all launches and tests, and called on all countries “to redouble their efforts” to implement sanctions against North Korea.

Members also expressed regret that Pyongyang is diverting resources when its citizens “have great unmet needs.”

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