The UN Security Council denounced North Korea's latest missile test Tuesday, unanimously demanding that Pyongyang halt the program after a rocket was fired over Japan into the Pacific.
The 15-nation body maintained its unity after Kim Jong-Un's latest provocation, with China and Russia agreeing to sign up to a statement condemning his isolated regime's action.
But the US-drafted statement, while noting that the test contravened several previous Security Council resolutions, will not immediately lead to new or tightened measures against Pyongyang.
Japan's UN Ambassador Koro Bessho exits a UN Security Council emergency meeting over North Korea's latest missile launch on August 29, 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York. (AFP-Yonhap)
Still, diplomatic sources told AFP that the speed with which the members had reacted underlined their determination to remain united.
"The Security Council stresses that these DPRK actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN member states," said the statement, issued after closed-door talks at UN headquarters.
"The Security Council expresses its grave concern that the DPRK is, by conducting such a launch over Japan as well as its recent actions and public statements, deliberately undermining regional peace and stability," it said.
The Council demanded that North Korea -- already the target of six rounds of UN sanctions that have done little to quell Kim's nuclear missile ambitions -- obey all existing resolutions.
This would mean the North "abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner, and immediately cease all related activities."
Pyongyang must not "conduct any further nuclear tests or any further provocation; and abandon any other existing weapons of mass destruction in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner."
Finally, the body "welcomes efforts by Council members, as well as other states, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue." (AFP)