NEW YORK -- The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's ballistic missile launch on Monday, vowing to "fully and comprehensively implement all measures" imposed on the country and strongly urged all other UN Member States to do the same.

In a press statement, council members expressed their utmost concern over North Korea's "highly destabilising behaviour and flagrant and provocative defiance" of the council by conducting this ballistic missile launch in violation of its international obligations under the body's relevant resolutions, dating from 2006.

"The members of the Security Council agreed that the Security Council would continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures, including sanctions, in line with the council's previously expressed determination," said the statement.

North Korea announced on Monday that it had successfully tested a "medium-range ballistic missile that met all technical requirements and could now be produced on a large scale", although US officials questioned the progress of the missile.

Source: Emirates News Agency