U.N. Chief Condemns N. Korea Missile Test Ahead of U.N. Meeting

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday. (AP Photo)

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch Monday ahead of an urgent meeting of the Security Council.

Guterres called the launch “a further troubling violation of Security Council resolutions” and urged North Korea to comply with its international obligations, U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.

“The secretary-general appeals to the international community to continue to address this situation in a united manner,” Haq said.

The United States, Japan and South Korea have requested the urgent council meeting. Seoul condemned what it called “serious military and security threats” and predicted more such tests.

The Security Council scheduled closed consultations on North Korea late Monday afternoon.