UN coun­cil wants weapons pro­grams to end

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - Michelle Ni­chols Reuters

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.

KCNA via reuters

What ap­pears to be a sub­ma­rine-launched bal­lis­tic mis­sile takes flight in a pic­ture re­leased by North Korea’s Cen­tral News Agency last week.

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