U.N. Security Council condemns N. Korea missile test as ‘outrageous’

U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL CONDEMNS N. KOREA MISSILE TEST — U.N. Security Council adopts a statement in New York on Aug. 29, strongly condemning North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan. Kyodo News photo

NEW YORK (Kyodo) — The U.N. Security Council on Aug. 29 strongly condemned North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan as an “outrageous” threat, demanding Pyongyang conduct no more such launches or nuclear tests.

The 15-member council unanimously adopted a presidential statement during an emergency meeting convened at the request of Japan, the United States and South Korea in response to North Korea’s latest act in a slew of provocations that have destabilized Northeast Asia.

“The Security Council expresses its grave concern that the DPRK is, by conducting such a launch over Japan as well as its recent actions and public statements, deliberately undermining regional peace and stability,” the statement said. It urged North Korea, whose formal name is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, to “immediately cease all such actions.”

The statement calls on all U.N. member states to fully implement U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang, including the Aug. 5 package that aims to cut the North’s $3 billion annual export revenue by a third. But it does not refer to additional sanctions on the country such as an oil embargo.

“We are all denouncing North Korea’s outrageous act against another U.N. member state, Japan,” said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. “All 15 members of the Security Council have spoken in unison.”

The launch of what North Korea said was a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile was the first over Japan’s main islands since 2009.

It followed North Korea’s test-firing of three short-range ballistic missiles Aug. 26 and its launch of two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July — all in violation of Security Council resolutions banning it from engaging in nuclear and missile activities.

Welcoming the swift adoption of the statement, Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho said, “This demonstrates the unity of the Security Council and sends a strong and clear message to North Korea that the international community will not accept its reckless behavior.”

“We urge North Korea to respond immediately to this call by the international community,” Bessho said. “Japan will continue to work very closely with council members and all other member states to reach a comprehensive solution to the problems related to North Korea.”

Haley warned the United States will not allow North Korea’s “lawlessness to continue,” and that the world is united against Pyongyang.

“It is time for the North Korean regime to recognize the danger they are putting themselves in,” she said.

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