UN condemns another missile launch
THE UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea’s “highly provocative” launch of a missile that flew over Japan as US President Donald Trump scheduled talks with leaders of Japan and South Korea to address the crisis.
North Korea, responding to new UN sanctions in response to its sixth and biggest nuclear test on September 3, fired the intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday. It landed in the Pacific.
In a unanimous statement yesterday backed by China, the Council “strongly condemned these launches, condemned further the DPRK for its outrageous actions, and demanded that the DPRK immediately cease all such actions.”
The statement did not threaten further sanctions and stressed that all countries must “fully, comprehensively and immediately” be implemented.
In Washington, the White House announced Mr Trump will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in in New York on Thursday.
“As Kim Jong-un’s most recent launch demonstrates, this is one of the world’s most urgent and dangerous security problems,” US National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said.
North Korea will dominate the diplomatic agenda when world leaders gather at the United Nations next week for the annual high-level General Assembly debate.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he plans to hold talks with all sides on the crisis, including with North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, who will address the General Assembly on Friday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron jointly appealed for talks with North Korea, saying this was the only way to resolve tensions over its nuclear program.
The North has raised global tensions with its rapid progress in weapons technology under leader Kim Jong-un.