NEW YORK, AUGUST 29 – Following the UN Secretary General antonio Guterres, the UN Security Council strongly condemned the latest ballistic missile launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), in violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions.
“The launch undermines regional security and stability and efforts to create space for dialogue,” said a statement issued by UN spokesperson Eri Kaneko.
According to press reports, early Tuesday morning, the DPRK launched a ballistic missile that travelled some 2,700 kilometers, flying over Japan before crashing into the Pacific Ocean.
“The Secretary-General calls on the Government of the DPRK to fully comply with its international obligations and to work to re-open channels of communication,” the statement said, adding that Mr. Guterres remains in close contact with all parties concerned.
The Security Council met urgently on the issue this afternoon at the request of Japan, the United States and the Republic of Korea. The Council adopted a presidential statement expressing its grave concern that the DPRK is, by conducting such a launch over Japan as well as its recent actions and public statements, deliberately undermining regional peace and stability and have caused grave security concerns around the world.
The Security Council, resolute in its commitment to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, emphasized the vital importance of immediate, concrete actions to reduce tensions in the Korean Peninsula and beyond and called upon all states to strictly, fully , and expeditiously implement all relevant Security Council resolutions.
The statement was welcomed by the Italian Permanent Representative Sebastiano Cardi: “Once again the Security Council stands united in condemning Pyongyang behavior and demands that North Korea immediately comply fully with all its obligations under Security Council resolutions”. (@OnuItalia)