North Korea's "flagrant disregard" for UN sanctions condemned

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Gary Quinlan. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Over a hundred missiles have been tested by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) this year, in flagrant disregard for UN sanctions.

That's what Ambassador Gary Quinlan of Australia told the press at UN headquarters in New York on Monday.

Earlier, the United Nations Security Council heard a briefing by a panel of experts on the DPRK Sanctions Committee.

Ambassador Quinlan is the President of the Security Council for the month of November.

"Both the Council and the Committee continue to monitor closely monitor the DPRK's actions and the Council has repeatedly condemned the DPRK's flagrant disregard for our resolutions, most recently through the series of ballistic missile tests this year. Over a hundred missiles have been tested by the DPRK this year, 30 of which have been ballistic missile tests."

Three Security Council resolutions have been adopted since 2006, calling on East Asian nation to dismantle and stop developing its nuclear programme and refrain from ballistic missile tests.

Several Council members also raised their concerns about what they called systematic human rights violations by the DPRK.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’18″

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