Europeans on UN Security Council condemn N Korean tests

02-Apr-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The European members of the UN Security Council on Tuesday condemned North Korea’s latest missile tests, describing the launches as “provocative actions.”

Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom “are deeply concerned by the repeated testing of missiles, using ballistic missile technology,” by North Korea on March 2, 9, 21 and 29, read a statement issued after an informal high-level UN videoconference.

The Europeans noted that Pyongyang has conducted 17 sets of such launches since May 2019.

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, photo provided Sunday, Aug. 25, by the North Korean government, shows the test firing of an unspecified missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday in the seventh weapons launch in a month, South Korea's military said, a day after it vowed to remain America's biggest threat in protest of U.S.-led sanctions on the country. (KCNA/AP)

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, photo provided Sunday, Aug. 25, by the North Korean government, shows the test firing of an unspecified missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday in the seventh weapons launch in a month, South Korea’s military said, a day after it vowed to remain America’s biggest threat in protest of U.S.-led sanctions on the country. (KCNA/AP)

The launches illustrate North Korea’s “continued efforts to develop its ballistic missile programmes and expand its arsenal, including of short-range ballistic missiles,” adding that Pyongyang “has also continued to operate its nuclear weapon programme.”

North Korea is under multiple sets of sanctions from the United Nations, United States and others over its banned weapons programmes.

“It is vital that the Security Council ensures full implementation of its resolutions and that sanctions remain in place,” the statement read.

Pyongyang said on Monday that it had successfully tested “super-large multiple rocket launchers” the day before.

South Korea said two projectilespresumed to be ballistic missileswere fired on Sunday from the North Korean port city of Wonsan into the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.

Analysts say the North continues to refine its weapons capabilities more than a year after a summit between the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump broke down in Vietnam.

Negotiations have since been deadlocked over sanctions relief and what the North would be willing to give up in return.

The Security Council meeting requested by the Europeans, as well as the publication of their statement, took place on the last day that North Korea’s ally China presided over the council.

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