Security Council condemns DPRK ballistic missile launches

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The UN Security Council chamber. UN File Photo/Amanda Voisard

Recent ballistic missile launches by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have been strongly condemned by the UN Security Council.

The DPRK, also known as North Korea, has launched four ballistic missiles over the past two months, the latest of which was on Tuesday.

In a statement issued late on Friday, the Council said the launches were  "in grave violation" of the country's international obligations.

Dianne Penn reports.

Security Council members said they deplored all the DPRK's ballistic missile activities which, they said, contribute to the country's development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and also increase tension.

They further regretted that the country was diverting resources to these activities while many citizens' needs go unmet.

They repeated their call for the DPRK to refrain from further actions and fully comply with its obligations under various Security Council resolutions.

The Council also spoke of the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in North-East Asia.

Members agreed to continue to closely monitor the situation.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 45″

 

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