EUROPE TO N. KOREA: ENOUGH WITH THE NUKES
UN council wants weapons programs to end
UNITED NATIONS — The five European members of the United Nations Security Council urged North Korea on Tuesday “to take concrete steps” toward giving up it nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.
The envoys issued a joint statement following a closed-door meeting of the 15-member council on North Korea after Pyongyang said it had test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last Wednesday.
The discussion was requested by Germany, Britain and France.
The missile launch was the most provocative move by North Korea since it resumed a dialogue with the United States in 2018 and followed a string of other missile tests over the past few months.
UN Security Council resolutions ban Pyongyang from using ballistic missile technology.
The European council members described these launches as undermining “regional security and stability, and they are in clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions.”
“It is vital that the Security Council upholds its resolutions. International sanctions must remain in place and be fully and strictly enforced,” the envoys, including from Belgium and Poland, said in the statement.
North Korea warned Monday that raising the issue of Pyongyang’s missile tests at the UN Security Council would “further urge our desire to defend our sovereignty.”
The test last week came ahead of fresh nuclear talks between North Korea and the U.S. in Sweden. The discussions broke off Saturday after Pyongyang blamed Washington for inflexibility.
What appears to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile takes flight in a picture released by North Korea’s Central News Agency last week.