UNSC to discuss N.Korea missile launch

The United Nations Security Council is to hold an emergency session on Thursday following North Korea's missile launch earlier this week.

Pyongyang fired a missile eastward from an inland area on Tuesday morning. The ruling Workers' Party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, reported on Wednesday that the country had carried out its first test-launch of a newly developed hypersonic missile, the Hwasong-8.

The United States, Britain and France requested the meeting, which is expected to be held behind closed doors.

The Security Council also held an emergency meeting after the North's missile tests on September 15.

The meeting failed to agree on a united response, with members only stating their respective positions.

Attention is focused on how the Council will respond to North Korea's repeated test-firings of what appear to be new types of missiles.