March 7, 2017
New York- Japan, the United States and South Korea jointly asked the U.N. Security Council on Monday to hold an emergency meeting in response to North Korea's latest missile launches.
The meeting would be set for Wednesday at the earliest, according to a diplomatic source.
The most powerful U.N. body is expected to work on a statement to condemn the firing of four ballistic missiles, which was conducted on Monday morning local time in defiance of exiting Security Council resolutions.
"The world won't allow North Korea to continue on its destructive path," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tweeted on Monday.
It was the second missile firing by the reclusive Asian sate since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Following the previous missile launch on Feb. 12, which took place during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's U.S. visit for talks with Trump, the Security Council held an emergency meeting and issued a press statement denouncing the move.
The council cannot issue any statement without obtaining consent from all 15 member states. The February document was swiftly given the nod even by China and Russia, two permanent members that had sometimes prevented the council from releasing a statement. Jiji Press
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