US “closely monitoring” Korean Peninsula after N. Korean missile launches

WASHINGTON, March 18 (KUNA) — Responding to the latest North Korean missile launches into the Sea of Japan, White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Friday said US officials are “closely monitoring” the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Launches using ballistic missile technology are a clear violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions, Earnest said during a briefing.
“North Korea should refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments and obligations,” he said.
North Korea is feeling the pressure and isolation of international sanctions, and is “acting out against it,” Earnest said. (end) rm.ibi