UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile launch

UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile launch
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The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday condemned Pyongyang's latest missile launch, calling on the North Korean government to take immediate action to de-escalate tensions in the region.

"The Security Council, resolute in its commitment to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, emphasizes the vital importance of immediate, concrete actions by the DPRK to reduce tensions in the Korean Peninsula and beyond," the council said in a statement following an emergency meeting, according to the The Associated Press. DPRK is an acronym for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the country's formal name.

The statement doesn't call for any new sanctions to be leveled against the nation, the AP noted.

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Earlier this month, the U.N. Security Council unanimously voted to impose its hardest-hitting financial penalties on Pyongyang.

Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyMattis hints at US military options for North Korea Trump, Netanyahu talk Middle East peace at UN meeting Trump begins first UN remarks by mentioning his nearby building MORE, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., hinted earlier on Tuesday that North Korea's latest action should be met with a "serious" retaliatory response, declaring, "Enough is enough.” 

President Trump said earlier Tuesday that "all options" are on the table when it comes to dealing with the government, which announced Wednesday that leader Kim Jong Un has requested further weapons tests targeting the region.

"This regime has signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior," Trump said.

The Treasury Department pledged last week to continue targeting "those who support the advancement of nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and isolating them from the American financial system.”