France calls for more EU sanctions against N. Korea after missile test

PARIS, — France has urged its European partners to adopt additional sanctions against North Korea after Pyongyang test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

In a statement released late Saturday, a Foreign Ministry spokesman urged “a firm and united reaction so that North Korea stops its provocations and abandon, irreversibly, its nuclear and missile program.”

“In particular, France calls on the European Union to unilaterally adopt additional sanctions,” he said.

Pyongyang has confirmed the success of the missile test, with the official KCNA news agency saying on Sunday that the test proved “an eye-opening success” and that DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un was satisfied with the result.

Kim said that submarine-launched ballistic missiles strengthen the underwater operation capability of the DPRK’s navy and that the military is now capable of attacking South Korean forces and the United States at any time.

The French Foreign Ministry has said that such a test would be a new violation of UN Security Council resolutions.PNA/ Xinhua/