Johnson: ‘Test must be met by united response’
WASHINGTON HAS called on all nations to take new measures against North Korea after Pyongyang sent an intermediate-range weapon hurtling over Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean.
Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said UN Security Council resolutions approved earlier this week “represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take”.
His statement singled out China and Russia, which he said “must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own”.
The resolutions prohibit any country from authorising new work permits for North Korean workers and cap Pyongyang’s imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.
The latest missile travelled about 2,300 miles and reached a maximum height of 478 miles.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told reporters that Moscow “resolutely condemns” such moves and said the missile test will “lead to the further growth of tensions and the further escalation of tensions on the (Korean) peninsula”.
Russia backed the resolutions passed by the UN Security Council, but the Kremlin has also been critical of calls from the US to ramp up the sanction pressure on North Korea.
China’s foreign ministry called for all sides to seek dialogue to reduce the tensions.
Spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters the situation remains “complex, sensitive and severe”.
She urged all parties to avoid actions that might inflame the THE GROWING frequency, power and confidence displayed by these tests seems to confirm what governments and outside experts have long feared: North Korea is closer than ever to its goal of building a military situation, while adding that China, North Korea’s chief economic partner and diplomatic ally, did not hold the key to resolving the issue.
China, one of five permanent veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council, agreed to the latest sanctions.
South Korean president Moon arsenal that can viably target both US troops in Asia and the US homeland.
This, in turn, is meant to allow North Korea greater military freedom in the region by raising doubts in Seoul and Tokyo that Washington would risk the annihilation of a US city to protect its Jae-in, a liberal who initially pushed for talks with North Korea, said Pyongyang’s tests currently make dialogue “impossible”.
“The sanctions and pressure by the international community will only tighten so that North Korea has no choice but to take the path for genuine dialogue.
“If North Korea provokes us or our allies, we have the strength to smash the attempt at an early stage and inflict a level of damage it would be impossible to recover from.”
Mr Moon also spoke on the phone with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about their response. Asian allies. Robust diplomacy on the issue has been stalled for years, and there is little sign that senior officials from Pyongyang and Washington might sit down to discuss ways to slow the North’s determined march toward inclusion among the world’s nuclear weapons powers.
North Korea has been accelerating its nuclear weapons development under leader Kim Jongun, a third-generation dictator who has conducted four of North Korea’s six nuclear tests since taking power in 2011.
The weapons are being tested at a torrid pace and include solid-fuel missiles designed to be launched from road mobile launchers or submarines and are thus less detectable beforehand.
North Korea claimed its latest nuclear test was a detonation of a thermonuclear weapon built for its intercontinental ballistic missiles, which could potentially reach deep into the US mainland when perfected.
The missile was launched from Sunan, Pyongyang’s international airport and the origin of the earlier missile that flew over Japan.
The UN Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions over the nuclear test. THE LATEST missile launch by North Korea must be met with a united international response, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has urged.
Kim Jong-un’s regime fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean – the second such test in recent weeks. Mr Johnson condemned the test as “illegal” and the latest sign of “provocation” from Pyongyang.
“Yet another illegal missile launch by North Korea. UK and international community will stand together in the face of these provocations,” he said on Twitter.
In a subsequent statement, he added: “The UK and the international community have condemned the aggressive and illegal actions of the North Korean regime, and the succession of missile and nuclear tests. We stand firmly by Japan and our other international partners.
“We are working to mobilise world opinion with the aim of achieving a diplomatic solution to the situation on the Korean peninsula.
“This week the most stringent UN sanctions regime placed on any nation in the 21st century was imposed on North Korea, after being unanimously agreed at the UN Security Council.
“These measures now need to be robustly enforced. We urge all states to play their part in changing the course North Korea is taking.”
Before the latest launch, Mr Johnson had called for China to use its influence over North Korea to ease tensions caused by Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development programmes.
At a press conference with US counterpart Rex Tillerson on Thursday, Mr Johnson said Pyongyang had “defied the world”.
Downing Street said the UK’s focus was on pressing China to keep up the pressure on the North Korean regime to change course. “The PM is outraged by North Korea’s continued reckless provocation and she strongly condemns the regime’s illegal tests,” a No 10 spokesman said.
“We are looking to China to influence North Korea and keep up the pressure on North Korea to change course.”
People walk past a public TV screen in Tokyo showing a file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during news on North’s missile launch.
South Korea’s Hyunmoo II ballistic missile is fired during an exercise at an undisclosed location in South Korea.