The United Nations Security Council has condemned North Korea's firing of a ballistic missile over Japan as an "outrageous" threat.

In a statement the 15-member Security Council demanded of Pyongyang not to launch any more missiles and abandon all nuclear weapons and programmes.

The UN Security Council also said it was of "vital importance" that North Korea take immediate, concrete actions to reduce tensions. It called on all states to implement United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang.

The council also expressed "its commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to restore peace to the Korean Peninsula.

Meanwhile, North’s leader Kim Jong Un has said the test of an intermediate-range ballistic missile was to counter U.S. and South Korean military drills.

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