Washington – Britain, Germany and France have asked the UN Security Council to meet behind closed doors on Thursday on North Korea's latest missile launches, diplomats say.
North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles early on Wednesday, the South Korean military said, only days after Pyongyang launched two similar missiles intended to pressure South Korea and the United States to stop upcoming military drills.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres believed the missile launches were "just another reminder of the importance of restarting talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said.
Earlier, South Korea's military said North Korea conducted its second weapons test in less than a week on Wednesday, in a move observers said could be aimed at boosting pressure on the US as the rivals struggle to set up fresh nuclear talks.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missiles were launched from Wonsan, a city the North pushes as a vacation destination but that it also uses as a regular launch site.