The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on 8 March 2017 to discuss the latest missile launches by North Korea.
North Korea on 6 March 2017 fired four banned ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan’s northwest coast, alarming both Japan and South Korea. The move came days after the nuclear-armed country promised retaliation over the large-scale military exercise launched jointly by the United States and South Korea to test their defence alertness, which it viewed as a preparation for war against it.
The launch hence has angered and alerted the entire international community, especially the United States and Japan, both of whom requested UNSC to hold the emergency meeting.
• The emergency meeting is scheduled to begin from 10 am on 8 March.
• The launches were the latest among the series of tests that violate UN’s ban on North Korea from developing missile technology.
• While condemning the missile test, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged North Korea to refrain from further such provocations.
• According to South Korea, four missiles were fired from Tongchang County in the North Pyongan province of North Korea into the sea of Japan.
Though South Korea’s military stated that the missiles were unlikely to have been intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) that can reach the United States, they flew on an average of 1000 km and are reported to have reached an altitude of 260 km.
According to Tomomi Inada, Japan’s Defence minister, some of the missiles landed as close as 300 km from Japan's northwest coast.