US asks UN to take action against North Korea for firing missiles in violation of UN sanctions

The United States is asking the U.N. Security Council to take action against North Korea for firing two rounds of ballistic missiles in the past week in "clear and calculated violations" of U.N. sanctions.

A report by the United States to the council committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea, which was seen by The Associated Press on Wednesday, asks its members and experts to examine the Scud missile launches on Feb. 27 and March 3.

Under U.N. sanctions dating back to 2006, North Korea is prohibited from carrying out any launch that uses ballistic missile technology and is required to abandon all ballistic missile programs.

The U.S. report notes that when North Korea last launched Scud missiles in 2009, the council strongly condemned the violation of sanctions.