UN Chief Concerned over Ballistic Missile Launch by North Korea

Secretary-General António Guterres (left) addresses the Security Council ministerial-level meeting on the nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). At right is Rex W. Tillerson, US Secretary of State and President of the Security Council for April. UN Photo / Eskinder Debebe
Secretary-General António Guterres (left) addresses the Security Council ministerial-level meeting on the nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). At right is Rex W. Tillerson, US Secretary of State and President of the Security Council for April. UN Photo / Eskinder Debebe

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned Tuesday’s launch of a ballistic missile of possible intercontinental range by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea).

He suggested that the communist country’s leadership must cease such actions and comply fully with its international obligations.

“This action is yet another brazen violation of Security Council resolutions and constitutes a dangerous escalation of the situation,” according to a statement from the UN chief’s Spokesperson.

“The DPRK leadership must cease further provocative actions and comply fully with its international obligations,” it added.

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According to reports, the latest launch was conducted over the Sea of Japan.

In the statement, Secretary-General Guterres also underlined the importance of maintaining the unity of the international community in addressing this serious challenge.

Last month, condemning “in the strongest terms”, the DPRK’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development activities, the UN Security Council had unanimously adopted a resolution, applying existing sanctions to 14 individuals and four entities from the country.

According to the UN, the individuals are now subjected to travel ban and asset freeze, and the four entities subjected to asset freeze. They are listed in the annexes to the resolution.

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