United Nations strongly condemns North Korea's latest missile launch

Phillip Butler
April 9, 2017

The European Union asked North Korea to "cease its provocations and to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs", and to begin talks with the worldwide community.

North Koreans cheer after their women's soccer team scored their first goal against South Korea in a qualifying match for the Asian Football Confederation Cup at the Kim Il Sung Stadium on Friday, April 7, 2017, in Pyongyang, No.

Tokyo imposed a set of unilateral sanctions on North Korea in response to its missile tests in 2006, which have since been extended several times.

The council statement was issued hours before US President Donald Trump meets China's President Xi Jinping at his Florida resort, where North Korea will be at the top of the agenda. South Korea is bolstering its defense capabilities as Kim Jong Un's regime works toward developing long-range, nuclear-tipped missiles.

All 15 members of the UNSC stressed that the recent missile test was in violation of the United Nations sanctions already in place against Pyongyang and significantly increased tensions "in the region and beyond". The EU is calling on North Korea to re-engage in meaningful dialogue with the global community and cease its provocations.

South Korea's military has said the North could carry out a sixth nuclear test at any time and it is on alert for another "provocation" from Pyongyang to exploit upcoming holidays.

Mark Lippert, the former U.S, ambassador to South Korea, said nuclear deployment there is a concept that's been embraced by a growing number of Koreans.

The launch was North Korea's latest in a long series of missile and nuclear tests that have accelerated in their variation and intensity over the last two years.

Keane said that the president is likely going to "try the diplomatic option to reverse North Korea's nuclear program" during his meeting with the Chinese President.

Tillerson's harsh language could be justified if it leads to a negotiated solution among the US, China and North Korea.

"Swaggering as a superpower, the United States has been picking only on countries without nuclear weapons and the Trump administration is no exception", the foreign ministry spokesman said, according to KCNA. "We stand at the tipping point as North Korea is nearing the final stage of nuclear weaponization of its nuclear material", South Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Ahn Chong-ghee reportedly said at a conference this week.

Trump was meeting again with his Chinese counterpart Friday, with US missile.

North Korea has threatened pre-emptive strikes on USA and allied military installations in response to what it calls political, military and economic pressure and provocations - a sign of growing concern in Pyongyang over Washington's shows of strength.

"It has been openly mentioned that there is a possibility that the North's supply chain for components has been deliberately infected, and they might never know", he said.

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