North Korea missile launch "dangerous escalation of the situation"

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Security Council meeting regarding the Democratic People's Republic of Korea July 4 ballistic missile test. Photo: UN Photo/ Manuel Elias

North Korea's latest launch of a nuclear missile is yet another "brazen" violation of UN resolutions and constitutes a "dangerous escalation of the situation."

That's what Miroslav Jenča, the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told members of the Security Council on Wednesday.

On 4 July, the country's official news agency announced the "test-firing of an inter-continental ballistic missile, Hwasong 14."

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The missile was launched near Panghyon airfield in the northwest of North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea or DPRK.

The official media claimed that the DPRK was now "a full-fledged nuclear power" and that it possessed "the most powerful inter-continental ballistic missile rocket capable of hitting any part of the world with nuclear weapons."

Miroslav Jenča, the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs delivered this message from the UN Secretary-General.

"The Secretary-General strongly condemns the launch of a ballistic missile of intercontinental range conducted by the DPRK. This action is yet another brazen violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions and constitutes a dangerous escalation of the situation. The DPRK leadership must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations. The Secretary-General underlines the importance of maintaining the unity of the international community in addressing this serious challenge."

 DPRK was urged by Mr Jenča to stop actions in violation of Security Council resolutions and to allow space for the resumption of what he called, sincere dialogue.

He reminded UN Members States to "separate the political and humanitarian concerns" amidst the escalating security situation in the region, by continuing to support life-saving activities aimed at protecting the most vulnerable people in DPRK.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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