UNSC 'condemns, expresses grave concern' over North Korea missiles

The UN Security Council condemned North Korea's recent missile tests Monday, following the country's firing of seven ballistic missiles over the weekend. Uganda UN Ambassador Ruhakana Rugunda, who holds the council's rotating presidency, said the council members "condemned and expressed grave concern" at the missile launches, which "pose a threat to regional and international security." The council is committed to a "peaceful, diplomatic and political solution" to the situation, he said. The comments came after North Korea fired missiles into the ocean off its east coast on Saturday, in violation of three UN resolutions. Rugunda said that members of the council agreed that the communist country must "comply fully with its obligations [under the resolutions]," adding that Japan had requested the meeting.