U.N. Security Council to discuss N. Korea's missile launches

SEOUL, July 17 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Security Council will discuss North Korea's recent launches of short-range missiles on Thursday (New York Time) as such provocations are in violation of U.N. resolutions, an official at Seoul's foreign ministry said.

North Korea has fired short-range Scud missiles into the waters off its east coast on several occasions in recent days and weeks.

"The 15-member Security Council has agreed to discuss the North's short-range missile launches at its closed-door session Thursday," the official said.

It would mark the second time since late March for the Security Council to specifically deal with Pyongyang's launches of short-range missiles.

"We believe that this issue needs to be discussed at the U.N. Security Council as the North's missile launches pose threats to peace and security in the region," the official said.

South Korea and seven other countries recently called on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to take action against North Korea's failure to announce its recent missile launches in advance.

Citing a Canadian foreign ministry spokesman, the Voice of America reported Thursday that the U.N. agency has sent a joint protest letter from the countries to a minister-level North Korean official.

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