Photo provided by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 24, 2016 shows top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un recently guiding on the spot the underwater test-fire of submarine ballistic missile.(Xinhua/KCNA)
UNITED NATIONS, June 23 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned the most recent ballistic missile launches by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
These repeated launches are "in grave violation" of the DPRK's international obligations under relevant UN Security Council resolutions, said a press statement released by the 15-nation council.
Earlier Thursday, the DPRK announced that it has successfully test-launched a surface-to-surface medium- and long-range strategic ballistic missile Hwasong-10, according to state media organ the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
"The members of the Security Council deplore all DPRK ballistic missile activities, noting that such activities contribute to the DPRK's development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and increase tension," said the statement.
The Security Council also expressed serious concern that the DPRK conducted this series of further ballistic missile launches "in flagrant disregard of the repeated statements of the Security Council."
The council reiterated that the DPRK shall "refrain from further actions, including nuclear tests, in violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions and comply fully with its obligations under these resolutions," the statement added.
The Security Council has adopted five resolutions to curb the DPRK's nuclear and missile programs.
The latest one, known as the resolution 2270, was adopted in March to impose the most severe sanctions yet on the country, including an export ban and asset freeze.