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North Korea's Scud launch violated UN resolutions: US

Published on Mar 1, 2014 1:33 AM
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (left) salutes to members of the honour guards as he attends a commemoration event at the Cemetery of Fallen Fighters of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - North Korea's launch of Scud missiles violated UN resolutions barring the firing of ballistic missiles, the Pentagon said on Friday.

The Defense Department initially said that the missile launch on Thursday was legal, but now says that was incorrect.

"Yesterday, I erroneously noted that these resolutions allow for North Korea to fire short range Scud missiles. That is not the case," Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren said in a statement.

UN Security Council resolutions 1718 and 1874 prohibit North Korea "from launching any ballistic missile, and this includes any Scud missile," he said.

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