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UN Security Council condemns failed North Korea missile launch

The US military detected a failed North Korean test launch of an intermediate ballistic missile on Saturday.

FILE: This picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 24, 2016 shows the underwater test-fire of a strategic submarine ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea on 23 April, 2016. Picture: AFP.

NEW YORK - The United Nations Security Council on Monday condemned a failed ballistic missile test by North Korea, saying it fuelled tensions and contributed to the Asian state's development of a nuclear weapons system.

The US military detected a failed North Korean test launch of an intermediate ballistic missile on Saturday.

"The members of the Security Council further regretted that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is diverting resources to the pursuit of ballistic missiles while Democratic People's Republic of Korea citizens have great unmet needs," the 15-member body said in a statement.

The council agreed to take "further significant measures."

Pyongyang is already under heavy international sanctions over its missile and nuclear tests. North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test on 9 September and since then the United States and China have been negotiating a new draft Security Council resolution to punish Pyongyang.