UN con­demns North Korea’s ‘highly provoca­tive’ mis­sile test

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The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil strongly con­demned North Korea’s “highly provoca­tive” bal­lis­tic mis­sile test on Fri­day and de­manded that Py­ongyang im­me­di­ately halt its “out­ra­geous ac­tions” and demon­strate its com­mit­ment to de­nu­cle­ariz­ing the Korean penin­sula.

The UN’s most pow­er­ful body ac­cused North Korea of un­der­min­ing re­gional peace and se­cu­rity by launch­ing its lat­est mis­sile over Ja­pan and said its nu­clear and mis­sile tests “have caused grave se­cu­rity con­cerns around the world” and threaten all 193 UN mem­ber states.

North Korea’s long­est-ever test flight of a bal­lis­tic mis­sile early Fri­day from Su­nan, the lo­ca­tion of Py­ongyang’s in­ter­na­tional air­port, sig­nalled both de­fi­ance of North Korea’s ri­vals and a big tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance. Af­ter hurtling over Ja­pan, it landed in the north­ern Pa­cific Ocean.

Since U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump threat­ened North Korea with “fire and fury” in Au­gust, the North has con­ducted its most pow­er­ful nu­clear test, threat­ened

to send mis­siles into the waters around the U.S. Pa­cific island ter­ri­tory of Guam and launched two mis­siles of in­creas­ing range over Ja­pan. July saw the coun­try’s first tests of in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles that could strike deep into the U.S. main­land when per­fected. The in­ter­me­di­ate-range mis­sile test came four days af­ter the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil im­posed tough

new sanc­tions on the North for its Sept. 3 mis­sile test in­clud­ing a ban on tex­tile ex­ports and nat­u­ral gas im­ports - and caps on its im­port of oil and pe­tro­leum prod­ucts. The U.S. said the lat­est sanc­tions, com­bined with pre­vi­ous mea­sures, would ban over 90 per cent of North Korea’s ex­ports re­ported in 2016, its main source of hard currency used to fi­nance its nu­clear and mis­sile pro­grams.

AP PHOTO

Rus­sian Am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions Vass­ily Neben­zia speaks to re­porters af­ter Se­cu­rity Coun­cil con­sul­ta­tions on the sit­u­a­tion in North Korea, Fri­day, at United Na­tions head­quar­ters.

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