New York: Joining the US, France and the UK, India also strongly condemned North Korea’s ballistic missile launches on Japan and its seven other ballistic missile launches since September 25.
These launches violate multiple Security Council resolutions and pose a threat not only to the region but to the entire international community, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said at the UN Security Council’s watch on UN ballistic missile launches. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, cited by a joint statement. The 15-member council met Wednesday after North Korea tested a ballistic missile on Tuesday that flew over Japan for the first time in five years and prompted a warning to residents there to take cover.
North Korea on Tuesday conducted the longest weapons test in its history, a nuclear-capable ballistic missile that flew over Japan, after which Tokyo urged residents to evacuate to shelters.
“The United States and those who joined me at the podium today remain committed to diplomacy and continue to call on the DPRK to return to dialogue. But we will not remain silent as the DPRK works to undermine the global nonproliferation regime and threaten the community.” international, said the American envoy.
He also said that the DPRK’s intentions were made clear in April and September when its leader indicated an effort to speed up the DPRK’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and even alluded to the preemptive use of nuclear forces.
“We call on all UN member states, especially members of the Council, to join us in condemning this reckless behavior and urging the DPRK to fully, verifiably and irreversibly abandon its illegal weapons programs. and engage in diplomacy toward denuclearization. recall the Council’s decision in Resolution 2397 that refers to other significant measures,” Greenfield said.
Earlier at the UN, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj, also condemned the missile test, saying such moves affect peace and security in the region and beyond.
“India would also like to reiterate the importance of addressing the proliferation of nuclear and missile technologies related to the DPRK in our region. These links have an adverse impact on peace and security in the region, including India. Therefore, we reiterate our continued support for denuclearization, towards peace and security on the Korean peninsula,” Kamboj said.
He also reminded the council of the problems that the “global south” has to go through.
“Therefore, it is important to continue to make every effort to maintain peace and security.”
The DPRK has now launched more than 35 ballistic missiles this year alone, according to the joint statement. (AND ME)