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.

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