UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council, after failing to agree Sunday evening on a response to North Koreas rocket launch, is set to hold meetings again this week in an effort to hammer out consensus on actions against the East Asian country. The rocket was launched, in defiance of the pressure from the United States and its allies, on Sunday morning from the coastal Musudan-ri launch pad in northeastern North Korea. The president of the 15-nation council, Mexicos UN Ambassador Claude Heller, told reporters after the nearly three-hour session held behind-closed-doors that the members agreed to continue consultations to take appropriate actions. In Prague before flying to Ankara, President Barack Obama said North Koreas move was intended as a threat to countries near and far and that Pyongyang must be punished by the Security Council. The United States and Japan, which called for the meeting in response to what they view as Pyongyangs provocative act, said that the launch of a three-stage missile, with an estimated range of 4,100 miles violated Security Council resolution 1718. That resolution, adopted in 2006 after the Norths missile launches on July 5 and nuclear test on October 9 that year, demanded that Pyongyang refrain from any further nuclear test or another ballistic missile launch. But council diplomats said China and Russia were not convinced that the launch of what North Korea said was a satellite constituted a violation of UN rules. Libya, Vietnam and Uganda also supported this view, they said. Its 10 against five, one diplomat said. Diplomats said council members struggled in vain for nearly an hour to agree a nonbinding statement to the press that would have expressed concern about the launch. But they said Russia, China and their three supporters would not accept the word concern and the statement was dropped. Chinas UN ambassador, Zhang Yesui, emphasized while speaking to reporters that Beijing did not want the council to take rash or excessive action. Our position is that all countries concerned should show restraint and refrain from taking actions that might lead to increased tension, he said. Regarding the reaction of the Security Council our position is that it has to be cautious and proportionate. US Ambassador Susan Rice acknowledged that there was no consensus on whether the rocket was a violation of Security Council resolution 1718, passed after North Koreas 2006 nuclear test. That resolution banned Pyongyang from launching ballistic missiles or carrying out further atomic tests. Members expressed varying views on that topic, she said, adding that the launch merits a clear and strong response by the council. Washington and Tokyo are drafting a resolution demanding stricter enforcement, and possibly expansion, of an existing arms embargo and financial sanctions, diplomats said.