Security Council to discuss North Korean test

UN Security Council to hold urgent consultations on North Korea's latest ballistic missile test.

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The UN Security Council will hold urgent consultations on North Korea's latest ballistic missile test at the request of the United States, Japan and South Korea, The Associated Press reported Sunday.

Uruguay holds the council presidency this month and its UN Mission said Sunday the closed consultations will be held on Tuesday afternoon.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile which flew about 700 kilometers (435 miles) before landing in the Sea of Japan. It did not appear to be an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Ahead of Tuesday’s consultations, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on ABC television on Sunday that the U.S. has been working well with China, Pyongyang's closest ally, and she raised the possibility of new sanctions against North Korea including on oil imports.

The Security Council has adopted six increasingly tougher sanctions resolutions against North Korea, but North Korea has ignored all of them and has continued to carry out nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Two weeks ago, Pyongyang carried out a ballistic missile test which appeared to have failed.

On April 16, North Korea attempted to launch a missile - but it blew up in the sea. Experts claim they may also have publicly displayed an ICBM during a parade marking the 105th birthday of North Korea's founder.