UNSC takes no action after N.Korea missile tests

Members of the UN Security Council have failed to reach a consensus on the idea of taking concerted action, in response to the ballistic missile tests that North Korea carried out last week.

The Council held an emergency meeting on Tuesday. The members discussed potential ways to respond to North Korea's firing of two ballistic missiles toward the Sea of Japan on March 25.

The meeting was convened behind closed doors at the request of European members.

Norway's mission to the United Nations issued a tweet after the meeting. It says that the country "condemns DPRK's recent ballistic missile launches." But other nations have not issued an official response.

Council members are believed to have only stated their positions at the meeting. The Security Council failed to agree on the need for a concerted response, such as the release of a statement of concern or condemnation.

The discussions were the first held by the Council regarding North Korea's ballistic missile tests since March last year.

Russia's deputy representative to the UN told reporters before the meeting that it's "still the time of assessment, not the time of action."

He said he "would be very surprised if there were any kind of UN Security Council action or product after the meeting."

China and Russia say that sanctions on Pyongyang should be eased. But the United States and some European countries are calling for a tougher stance.