U.N. committee asked to consider N. Korea missile launches a violation

The United States and Britain have asked the U.N. North Korea sanctions committee to consider the recent scud missile launches by Pyongyang to be violations of past resolutions, diplomats said on Wednesday.

"The U.S. and U.K. have both written to the 1718 committee to report violations of the ballistic missile related provisions of resolutions," a British spokesperson said, referring to the official name of the sanctions committee.

Specifically, the two countries cited the series of launches carried out on Feb. 27 and March 3 as a "serious violation" of past resolutions imposed after the North conducted three underground nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

The United States has asked the sanctions committee "to examine and take appropriate action in response," to the North Korean actions. In 2009 after the North fired off seven scud missiles the Security Council responded by condemning the move in a statement.

Under previous resolutions the country is required to suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile program.

On Monday morning North Korea fired two short-range missiles into waters off its east coast that are estimated to have flown 500 kilometers. Last Thursday, Pyongyang fired four Scud missiles from the same area, which flew about 220 kilometers.

The firing of the ballistic missiles came as South Korea and the United States are carrying out their annual joint military drills.