DPRK missile "major problem for the security and safety" of region

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A ballistic missile launched by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, DPRK, which landed in the Sea of Japan, has been condemned as "totally unacceptable" by Japan's ambassador to the UN.

Koro Bessho told reporters after emergency Security Council consultations over the launch on Wednesday, that it represented a "major problem for the security and safety" of the whole region.

Matthew Wells reports.

The DPRK, otherwise known as North Korea, carried out its latest ballistic tests, in defiance of a series of Security Council resolutions.

One of the inter-continental ballistic missiles launched by DPRK exploded soon after take-off, according to news reports, but the other flew eastwards for about 600 miles, before landing in the Sea of Japan, inside the country's "exclusive economic zone".

Ambassador Bessho confirmed that the missile had landed within 250 kilometres of the Japanese coast.

"This is a totally unacceptable action on the part of DPRK. There was no warning whatsoever. We see it as a grave violation of certainly the resolutions of the Security Council that have been passed before, but it is certainly a major, major problem for the security and safety of our region."

Since the Council adopted resolution 2270 in early March – the toughest sanctions regime against a country in "two decades" – DPRK has defiantly conducted missile launches on eight separate occasions.

With belligerent rhetoric of recent launches mentioning pre-emptive nuclear attacks, United States Ambassador, Samantha Power, said a strong and swift response was needed.

"This programme and its continued advancement poses a threat that goes way beyond any particular country."

The March resolution imposed major economic sanctions designed to deter DPRK from further rocket tests, and Ambassador Power said that "implementation and enforcement are everything".

Matthew Wells, United Nations.                            

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