NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 28 – Following the latest missile launch by North Korea an emergency Security Council meeting has been requested by Japan, US and South Korea, the Italian presidency of the Council announced today. The open meeting has been put on the agenda of the council for tomorrow afternoon, a Spokeperson of the Italian Mission to the UN announced.
According to the Pentagon, Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, possibly its longest-range and powerful test yet, towards Japan. The launch early Wednesday local time escalated already high tensions with Washington. South Korea responded with shorter-range missile tests of its own to mimic striking the North Korea launch site.
The Un Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, strongly condemned the launch as a clear violation of Security Council resolutions and shows complete disregard for the united view of the international community.
The Secretary-General urged the DPRK to desist from taking any further destabilising steps, reaffirming his commitment to working with all parties to reduce tensions. “Diplomatic options remain viable and open, for now. The United States remains committed to finding a peaceful path to denuclearization and to ending belligerent actions by North Korea”, said the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.
Pyongyang launch interrupted a 10 weeks pause in its missile and nuclear testing program. The Security Council meeting will be held in the open chamber at around 4:30 p.m. EST. The briefers will be Undersecretary general for Political affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, and Ambassador Sebastiani cardi as Chair of the Sanction committee 1718. (@OnuItalia)