Updated: 03/28/2014 07:43 | By Agence France-Presse

UN Security Council condemns NKorea missile launch

The UN Security Council on Thursday condemned North Korea's recent ballistic missile tests and agreed to quickly consult on an appropriate response, its rotating president said.

UN Security Council condemns NKorea missile launch

Visitors look at replicas of North Korean Scud-B missile (L) and South Korean Nike missiles at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul on March 26, 2014 - by Jung Yeon-Je

"Security Council members condemn this launch as a violation of Security Council resolutions," Luxembourg's ambassador Sylvie Lucas told reporters after a closed debate of less than an hour.

The condemnation was not a formal statement from the 15-member council but Lucas said members had requested that she read out the remarks as agreed by all participants.

"Members of the Security Council agree to consult on an appropriate response," she added. 

In response to questions she said members agreed this response "should be given quickly."

North Korea test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles Wednesday in response to President Barack Obama's hosting of a landmark Japan-South Korea summit in The Hague.

Washington condemned the tests as "troubling and provocative."

The closed-door UN discussions, which included a report from the deputy secretary general for political affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, had been requested by the United States, diplomats said.

South Korea's defense ministry said two North Korean missiles flew 650 kilometers (400 miles) into the Sea of Japan (East Sea), upping the ante after a series of shorter-range launches in recent weeks.

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