EU blasts N. Korea for threat to peace

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

BRUS­SELS (AFP) — The Euro­pean Union lashed North Korea for pos­ing “a se­ri­ous threat to in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity” af­ter Py­ongyang on Fri­day car­ried out an­other mis­sile launch.

The launch “is in out­right vi­o­la­tion of (North Korea’s) in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions as set out in sev­eral U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions,” the EU’s for­eign ser­vice said in a state­ment.

It urged Py­ongyang “to re­frain from any fur­ther provoca­tive ac­tion that could in­crease re­gional and global ten­sions.”

EU for­eign min­is­ters, at a meet­ing in July, had con­demned North Korea’s mis­sile launches in sim­i­lar terms.

EU diplo­matic chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini will take up the is­sue in the com­ing days with the for­eign min­is­ters of South Korea “and other in­ter­na­tional part­ners,” the state­ment said.

Mogherini is to at­tend a min­is­te­rial meet­ing of ASEAN Re­gional Fo­rum in Manila on Aug. 6 and 7.

Fri­day’s late-night launch en­tailed the fir­ing of what ap­peared to be an­other in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile, ac­cord­ing to the Pen­tagon.

Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe said the mis­sile may have landed within Ja­pan’s mar­itime ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone.

Ja­panese For­eign Min­is­ter Fu­mio Kishida said he held tele­phone talks with U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son and agreed on the need to put “the heav­i­est pos­si­ble pres­sure” on North Korea.

“We con­firmed that we will closely co­op­er­ate in adopt­ing a fresh UNSC (U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil) res­o­lu­tion, in­clud­ing se­vere mea­sures, and work­ing on China and Rus­sia,” Kishida told re­porters.

A mis­sile fired by North Korea Fri­day ap­peared to be a “medium-range” weapon, the Rus­sian mil­i­tary said, as the U.S. as­serted Py­ongyang had launched a sec­ond ICBM.

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