UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, reiterating demands that Pyongyang halt its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.
After an emergency meeting on the missile test, the U.N.’s most powerful body called North Korea‘s actions “outrageous,” saying it was deliberately undermining peace and stability in the region. The council called for North Korea to take “immediate, concrete actions” to “reduce tensions in the Korean Peninsula and beyond.”
The missile flight came less than a month after the council imposed its toughest-yet sanctions on North Korea, and it’s not immediately clear whether any further actions could follow. It is, however, clear that the United States and its closest allies want new punitive measures, and want it to be, “something serious.”
“We’ll be talking about next steps starting now,” Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho said after the meeting.
For now, he said, the statement sends the North a strong message “that the international community will not accept its reckless behavior.”
North Korea isn’t on the 15-member council. While the meeting was underway in New York, Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said leader Kim Jong Un expressed “great satisfaction” with the launch and called for more ballistic missile tests targeting the Pacific Ocean.
Going into a closed session that evolved into an open meeting, ambassadors from several countries said they wanted to discuss how to respond, but first of all to show that the international community was united in firmly rebuking the missile test. The missile — designed to carry a nuclear payload — traveled almost 1,700 miles into the Pacific and triggered alert warnings as it.
“Enough is enough,” U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley told reporters before the emergency Security Council meeting.