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UN Security Council condemns North Korea's failed missile launch, calls it "grave violation"

The missile launched by North Korea had exploded soon after lift-off. Photograph: (Getty)

WION United Nations Oct 17, 2016, 10.20 PM (IST)

The UN Security Council on Monday strongly condemned North Korea after it unsuccessfully attempted to test-fire a medium-range ballistic missile. In a unanimous statement, backed by Pyongyang's ally China, the council called the attempt a "grave violation" and agreed to "closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures," the AFP reported.

North Korea, which is prohibited from using ballistic missile technology under UN sanctions, had tested the Musudan missile on Saturday, the latest in series of defiant launches. 

The United States and China are drafting a new sanctions resolution that the Security Council agreed to last month after Pyongyang carried out its fifth and most powerful nuclear test till date, AFP reported. These are aimed at closing loopholes and and zeroing in on its nuclear and ballistic missile technology industry, Security Council diplomats told AFP.

In March, the Security Council adopted its toughest sanctions against North Korea, targeting its trade in minerals and tightening banking restrictions. This was after Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test. The country has been hit by five sets of UN sanctions since it first tested a nuclear device in 2006.

North Korea, however, continues to remain defiant and has carried out more than 20 missile launches since the March resolution was adopted.

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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