UN secretary-general condemns NKorean launch
SEOUL, South Korea- U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is condemning North Korea's firing of a ballistic missile over Japan, saying it undermines regional security and stability.
Spokeswoman Eri Kaneko released a statement Tuesday from Guterres, who is traveling in the Middle East. It calls on North Korea to comply fully with its international obligations and "work towards reopening communications channels."
With a series of sanctions, the U.N. Security Council has called for North Korea to suspend all ballistic missile launches and abandon its nuclear weapons.
The latest sanctions were approved earlier this month and are the toughest yet. They include the banning all North Korean exports of coal, iron, lead, and fish and seafood products.
In a first, North Korea on Tuesday fired a ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload that flew over U.S. ally Japan and splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean.
The U.N. Security Council is expected to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday on North Korea's firing of a ballistic missile over Japan.