May 22, 2017 10:25 am JST

UN Security Council to meet Tuesday to discuss North Korea

Latest missile launch prompts talks on possible new sanctions

RINA TAKAHASHI, Nikkei staff writer

NEW YORK -- The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday, following a North Korean ballistic missile launch on Sunday.

The 15-member council took the decision Sunday at the request of Japan, the U.S. and South Korea.

At the meeting, the U.S. is expected to call for additional sanctions against Pyongyang, which has repeatedly ignored U.N. requests to halt its missile launches.

It is unclear whether the council will agree to increase pressure on the reclusive country. North Korea has supporters on the council, such as China and Russia, and they may resist additional punishments for Pyongyang.

(Nikkei)

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