24 August 2019
North Korea test-fires the Pukguksong-2 ballistic missile on Sunday. Photo: KCNA/Reuters
North Korea test-fires the Pukguksong-2 ballistic missile on Sunday. Photo: KCNA/Reuters

Security Council condemns North Korea missile test

The UN Security Council condemned North Korea’s weekend missile test as US President Donald Trump said he would deal with Pyongyang “very strongly”.

“The members of the Security Council deplore all the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ballistic missile activities, including these launches,” the Security Council said in a statement on Monday.

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile early Sunday morning, and it had launched a missile in mid-October.

“Obviously North Korea is a big, big problem and we will deal with that very strongly,” Trump said during a joint press conference at the White House with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The US leader did not detail how he would respond to North Korea’s actions.

The Security Council statement reiterated its commitment to enforcing the sanctions regime that has been imposed on North Korea since 2006 over its nuclear and ballistic missile tests, acccording to Reuters.

The statement “called upon all member states to redouble their efforts to implement fully the measures imposed on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea by the Security Council”.

Japan, which called for the emergency meeting of the Security Council on Monday along with the United States and South Korea, said it was pleased with the council’s resolve in discussing North Korea’s latest missile firing.

“There was unanimity in condemning the launch and an expression of concern about the situation,” said Koro Bessho, the Japanese ambassador to the UN.

“Obviously we have to implement the very robust strong resolution that we already have. That is a starting point.”

Also on Monday China said the root cause of North Korea’s missile launches is friction with the US and South Korea, the Associated Press reports.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China opposed the launch.

North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, was at the launch site to observe Sunday’s test and expressed pleasure at the North’s expansion of its strategic strike capabilities, according to AP.

Kim gave the order to fire the “Pukguksong-2″, which the KCNA said was a “Korean style new type strategic weapon system”.

It is believed to have flown about 500 kilometers (310 miles) before splashing down into the ocean in international waters.

In December, the Security Council adopted a resolution in response to North Korea’s nuclear test in September.

The resolution aimed to slash North Korea’s exports of coal and other metal exports, designed to cost it US$800 million a year.

“It is time to hold North Korea accountable – not with our words, but with our actions,” the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said in a statement.

North Korea has said any sanctions against its missile or nuclear programs are a violation of its sovereignty and right to self-defense.

North Korea is technically still at war with the South because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

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