ROME/NEW YORK, JULY 4 – Italy strongly condemns the latest North Korean ballistic missile test which represents yet another violation of several UN Security Council resolutions. Pyongyang “must immediately stop challenging the international community”, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs stated in a note. Italy thinks that the North Korean missile and nuclear program community represents a serious threat to international peace and security and to the global non-proliferation regime.
A US spokesman in New York said that the United States has requested a closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council for urgent discussions regarding North Korea and its latest ballistic missile test. The meeting of the 15-member council was likely to be scheduled for Wednesday. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the July 4 launch, underlining the importance of maintaining the unity of the international community in addressing this serious challenge, his Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement. “This action is yet another brazen violation of Security Council resolutions and constitutes a dangerous escalation of the situation. The DPRK leadership must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations”, Dujarric said.
Pyongyang said on Tuesday it had successfully test-launched a first intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, which analysts said could put all of Alaska in range for the first time. The launch, on the eve of US Independence Day, took place days before leaders from the Group of 20 nations were due to discuss steps to rein in North Korea’s weapons program, which it has pursued in defiance of Security Council sanctions. (@OnuItalia)