The missile flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido. The U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the launch and said he would discuss the situation at the United Nations General Assembly’s gathering next week.
“The Secretary-General calls on the DPRK leadership to cease further testing, comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions, and allow space to explore the resumption of sincere dialogue on denuclearization,” Guterres said in a statement, adding that he would discuss it “with all concerned parties in the margins of the upcoming” U.N. General Assembly. The Secretary General has in his agenda for next week a bilateral meeting with the minister of Foreign Affairs of North Korea.
The launch is on the agenda of closed door consultation of the UN Security Council with the US pushing for an open debate next week. In Rome the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano, “categorically condemned the action by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea last night, and expressed its solidarity with the Japanese government and its people”. Pyongyang’s show of defiance against the non-proliferation regime poses a serious threat to regional stability, peace and international security, and is yet another clear violation of numerous UN Security Council resolutions, Alfano said, stressing that “the frequency of the missile tests by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the continued development of related technology is causing great and growing concern, made worse by the development of Pyongyang’s military nuclear programme, borne out by the test carried out last 3 September”. (@OnuItalia)