UN Security Council adopts statement condemning NK missile launch

Claudine Rigal
Avril 17, 2017

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, according to South Korea and the USA military. North Korea often responds to the drills with its own military training and harsh rhetoric. The letters read on top left "North Korea fired a ballistic missile".

South Korea is protected under an American security umbrella and is home to thousands of United States troops. The launches are considered to be in violation of a United Nations resolution.

The launch Wednesday into waters off North Korea's east coast came shortly before U.S. President Donald Trump's first meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping later this week, raising speculation that it might have been timed to get their attention.

The US military said it was a KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile which they had determined posed no threat to America. The EU has also added four North Korean national to its blacklist. The missile was launched from the city of Sinpo - the site of a submarine base - and flew for 40 miles before plunging into the sea.

The third, an intermediate-ranged Musudan missile launched on March 22, crashed shortly after take-off.

The South plans to deploy the new missile this year following further tests to determine its reliability, Yonhap said. Fired from anywhere in South Korea, the missile could hit any target in the North.

North Korean state media said the "Pukguksong-2" missile is a surface-to-surface missile that can carry nuclear warheads. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won't.

North Korea has been accused of violating UN Security Council resolutions and of creating a "grave threat to worldwide peace and security in the region and beyond".

In June 2015, Seoul said it successfully tested the Hyunmoo-2B.

The development comes just days after North Korea threatened to retaliate if the global community expanded sanctions targeting the country.

The Council took these additional restrictive measures considering that the actions of North Korea violate multiple UNSC resolutions and constitute a grave threat to worldwide peace and security in the region and beyond.

The UN Security Council today strongly condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile test, calling it a "flagrant and provocative" defiance of UN resolutions.

The EU has steadily increased its sanctions against North Korea, the previous move coming in late February with Pyongyang in the spotlight after the assassination at the Kuala Lumpur airport of Kim Jong-Nam, the estranged half-brother of leader Kim Jong-Un.

Trump has spoken repeatedly of the need to act more decisively against Pyongyang and demanded that Beijing puts more pressure on its reclusive neighbour.

China has denied it has any outsized influence on Pyongyang and Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying ruled out the chance of a link between the launch and the summit, saying, "I can't see any certain connection between these two things". "China wants to make efforts with all sides involved, to make denuclearization a reality, and ensure peace in the region".

Photos taken by the club's patrons and later posted on Facebook captured Japanese and USA officials responding in real-time to the incident, sparking criticism about why such important meetings were not conducted in a more secure location.

The idea that the U.S. could deprive Pyongyang of its "nuclear deterrent" through sanctions is "the wildest dream", it said. North Korea carried out two nuclear tests past year.

SEOUL, South Korea North Korea rarely misses an opportunity to conduct a banned missile test to coincide with a high-profile world event that's expected to discuss the impoverished yet nuclear-armed country.

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