Over half of U.N. Security Council condemns North Korea's 'significant escalation'

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - More than half the United Nations Security Council condemned on Friday North Korea's launch of a medium-range ballistic missile, warning in a joint statement that ongoing silence by the 15-member body would only embolden Pyongyang.

The eight council members - the United States, Albania, Brazil, France, Ireland, Norway, the United Arab Emirates and Britain - and Japan described Sunday's launch as a "significant escalation" that "seeks to further destabilize the region."

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chris Reese)

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