UN Security Council for imposing sanctions on North Korea's missile test

18 May, 2017, 17:42 | Author: Ora Austin
  • North Korea says missile test aimed at testing carrying large nuclear warhead

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the launch of the Hwasong-12 missile on May 14 that reached an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers (1,312 miles) and flew 787 kilometers.

"The Secretary-General condemns the launch of another ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)".

The South Korean president has repeatedly pledged to seek dialogue with North Korea, having served as chief of staff when the last inter-Korean summit took place in 2007.

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency called the missile a "new ground-to-ground, medium long-range strategic ballistic rocket", and it said the "Hwasong-12" is "capable of carrying a large, heavy nuclear warhead".

In his first comments since a North Korean missile plunged into the sea off the Russian coast on Sunday, President Vladimir Putin condemned Pyongyang's nuclear program as "harmful and risky", but he added that the global community should respond with talks, not threats. Despite that, President Trump already expressed his intent to keep the relationship between the USA and North Korea "diplomatic" to prevent the latter from using nuclear missiles.

"The members of the Security Council expressed their utmost concern over the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance of the Security Council by conducting these ballistic missile launches in violation of its worldwide obligations under United Nations Security Council resolutions (...)", the Security Council said.

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It launched a total of 51 ballistic missiles since Kim Jong-un came to power in late 2011.

It cited Kim as saying the North would never succumb to what it called the "highly ridiculous" USA strategy of "militarily browbeating only weak countries and nations which have no nukes". Traditionally, the United States and China have negotiated new measures before involving remaining council members.

North Korea has rebuffed cries for it to cease missile and nuclear testing, calling each of them acts of self defense. The test was reportedly a successful mid-to-long range launch. Following the launch, a statement from the White House called North Korea a "flagrant menace" and urged "far stronger sanctions" against the reclusive nation.

Pyongyang has regularly threatened to destroy the United States, which it accuses of pushing the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war by conducting recent military drills with South Korea and Japan.

If discussions could be arranged, it would mark the first significant development in diplomacy with North Korea since the nation pulled out of six-party talks in 2009.

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