North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles as he gives field guidance at the Chonapho Fishery Institute in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang. REUTERS/KCNA

United Nations - The UN Security Council condemned on Thursday recent ballistic missile launches by North Korea, describing the three rounds of Scud short-range missiles fired in June and July as a violation of council demands on Pyongyang.

“The members of the Security Council condemned these launches ... and urged the DPRK (North Korea) to fully comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions,” said Rwandan UN Ambassador Eugene Gasana, council president for July.

North Korea is under an array of United Nations, US and other national sanctions for repeated nuclear and ballistic missile tests since 2006 in defiance of international demands to stop.