UN Security Council condemns N. Korea missile launch

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations (UN) Security Council on Tuesday strongly condemned the latest missile launch by North Korea, demanding it immediately cease such actions.

In a statement, the 15-member council said North Korea’s actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN member states.

“The Security Council expresses its grave concern that the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) is, by conducting such a launch over Japan as well as its recent actions and public statements, deliberately undermining regional peace and stability and has caused grave security concerns around the world.”

The Security Council demanded North Korea not to proceed with any further launches using ballistic missile technology and comply with relevant Security Council resolutions, said the statement, which was released after closed-door consultations by council members.

Japan, South Korea and the United States called for an emergency meeting of the Security Council after the North Korea’s Monday launch.

The Security Council demanded Pyongyang to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs “in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner” and immediately cease related activities.

The council further demanded North Korea not conduct any future nuclear tests or any further provocation and abandon any other existing weapons of mass destruction.

The Security Council called on all UN member states to “strictly, fully and expeditiously implement all relevant Security Council resolutions concerning the DPRK.” It reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia at large.

The council expressed its commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation and welcomed efforts to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue. Xinhua-northboundasia.com