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UN Security Council condemns NKorea missile launch

The UN Security Council on Thursday condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile tests and agreed to quickly consult on an appropriate response, its rotating president said. "Security Council members condemn this launch as a violation of Security Council resolutions," Luxembourg's ambassador Sylvie Lucas told reporters after a closed-door debate of less than an hour. The condemnation did not amount to a formal statement from the 15-member council. Instead Lucas said members had requested that she read out the remarks as agreed by all participants.

S.Korea fires warning shots at N.Korea fishing boat

A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots Thursday to chase away a North Korean fishing boat intruding into southern waters across the disputed Yellow Sea border, military officials said. The vessel sailed a nautical mile into the southern side of the sea boundary at 5:26 pm (0826 GMT), prompting a South Korean patrol ship to take action, the South's defence ministry said. "Our side fired warning shots as the North Korean vessel ignored repeated warnings to retreat," a ministry spokesman told AFP.

U.N. Security Council to meet Thursday on North Korea missile launch

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council will hold closed-door consultations on Thursday to discuss a possible condemnation of North Korea's latest ballistic missile launches, U.N. diplomats said. The request for a special session on North Korea came from the United States, council diplomats told Reuters on condition of anonymity on Wednesday. The meeting of the 15-nation council was scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT) on Thursday.

S. Korea, US launch massive landing drill amid tensions

Nearly 15,000 South Korean and US troops kicked off a 12-day amphibious landing drill Thursday, the largest for two decades, a day after North Korea launched two mid-range ballistic missiles. Code-named Ssang Yong ("Twin Dragons"), the exercise on the South's southeastern coast will last until April 7 and involve around 10,000 US troops. "The scale of this year's Ssang Yong is greater than any others in the past," a US military spokesman told AFP. The US forces will include 7,500 marines belonging to the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, based in Okinawa, Japan.

U.N. Security Council to meet Thursday on North Korea missile launch

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council will hold closed-door consultations on Thursday to discuss a possible condemnation of North Korea's latest ballistic missile launches, U.N. diplomats said. The request for a special session on North Korea came from the United States, council diplomats told Reuters on condition of anonymity on Wednesday. The meeting of the 15-nation council was scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT) on Thursday.

N. Korea slams Park for speech on nuclear weapons

SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap)-- North Korea lashed out at South Korean President Park Geun-hye Thursday for being ignorant about its nuclear program and called her "a faithful servant and stooge" of the United States. The North's denouncement was in response to Park's speech made earlier in the week at a global nuclear summit in The Hague, during which she called for ending North Korea's nuclear program as the first step toward realizing a nuclear-free world.

U.S. talking with U.N. Security Council about N. Korea's missile launch

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, March 26 (Yonhap) -- The United States is in consultations with the other members of the U.N. Security Council over ways to punish North Korea for its latest medium-range ballistic missiles, an official said Wednesday. "We're talking to our Security Council partners right now and our regional allies to figure out what the best response will be, what the most appropriate response will be, and if and when we have further policy decisions to make, we will," Marie Harf, deputy spokeswoman for the State Department, said at a press briefing.

N. Korea fires two ballistic missiles into sea

SEOUL/WASHINGTON, March 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korea test-fired two ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast Wednesday as the leaders of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan held a summit in the Netherlands to pressure Pyongyang to denuclearize. Seoul condemned the launch as a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions that ban all ballistic missile tests by the communist state.

U.S. mulls 'appropriate measures' against NK missile launch

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, March 25 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. government said Tuesday it is considering taking "appropriate" measures in response to North Korea's firing of two medium-range ballistic missiles. In an unusually lengthy and strongly worded statement, the State Department stressed that launches by the communist nation using ballistic missile technology are a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

U.S. mulls 'appropriate measures' against NK missile launch

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, March 25 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. government said Tuesday it is considering taking "appropriate" measures in response to North Korea's firing of two medium-range ballistic missiles. In an unusually lengthy and strongly worded statement, the State Department stressed that launches by the communist nation using ballistic missile technology are a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.
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