DPRK launch of missile over Japan violates UN resolutions: Guterres

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres speaks to journalists at a press encounter. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file photo)

The latest launch of a ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK, is a clear violation of Security Council resolutions said the UN chief on Tuesday.

António Guterres called on North Korea's government to fully comply with its international obligations.

More details from Matt Wells.

News reports indicate that this is the first time North Korea has fired a long-range ballistic weapon over the Japanese mainland, and Japan's Prime Minister described it as an "unprecedented" threat.

The launch took place early on Tuesday, and the missile landed in the sea after flying over Hokkaido island.

The UN Secretary-General said in a statement issued through his office in New York that the launch "undermines regional security and stability" as well as diplomatic efforts to "create space" for de-escalating DPRK's nuclear weapons programme.

Mr Guterres said he was remaining in close contact with all the parties concerned, and urged North Korea to work towards re-opening communications channels with the international community.

In July, DPRK launched two missiles which it claimed were capable of hitting the United States.

Matt Wells, United Nations.

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