The UN Security Council on Friday condemned “the highly provocative launch of a ballistic missile” by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and expressed commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the crisis.
In a press statement released after closed-door consultations, the 15 members of the council urged all UN member states to “fully, comprehensively and immediately” implement all relevant Security Council resolutions concerning the DPRK, particularly the newly adopted Resolution 2375, which caps the DPRK’s oil imports and bans all its textile exports and remittances by its overseas laborers.
“The Security Council also emphasized the vital importance of the DPRK immediately showing sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action, and stressed the importance of working to reduce tension on the Korean Peninsula,” said Tekeda Alemu, president of the Security Council, in a readout of the press statement.
The council members stressed the importance of maintaining peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia at large, and welcomed international efforts to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive settlement of the crisis through dialogue, said Alemu, the Ethiopian ambassador to the United Nations.
The emergency Security Council consultations were requested by the United States and Japan following the DPRK’s launch of a ballistic missile on Friday local time, which flew over Japan’s Hokkaido.
Japanese ambassador to the United Nations, Koro Bessho, said the DPRK’s latest missile launch is a grave threat to the security of Japan and also to the whole world.
“Put together with what they have been doing in the last several months, it is very clear that it is a real threat to the peace and security of the world as a whole,” he told reporters before the consultations. He stressed that existing sanctions must be implemented comprehensively, fully and immediately.
The DPRK’s latest missile launch means that two of its ballistic missiles have flown over Japan in three weeks’ time.
Speaking to reporters before the consultations, British ambassador Matthew Rycroft said the DPRK’s “illegal, provocative, reckless act” once again demonstrates its complete disregard for the sovereignty of Japan and its citizens.
He also called for the implementation of the existing sanctions, through which, he said, the international community can cut off money flow to the DPRK and constrain its capability in developing its nuclear and missile programs.
Swedish ambassador Olof Skoog said “a very rigid and vigorous implementation” of the sanctions are all the more urgent.
French ambassador Fancois Delattre said the latest missile launch by the DPRK confirms the gravity of the threat, which has evolved from regional to global.
He stressed the importance of “firmness and unity” of the Security Council. “Our firmness today is our best antidote to the risk of war, to the risk of confrontation. Our firmness today is our best tool to promote a political solution tomorrow,” he told reporters.
Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia warned that there is no alternative to a peaceful solution. He stress the importance of a political solution provided for in Resolution 2375.
“Threats, tests, launches, mutual threats should be stopped. We should engage in meaningful negotiations,” he told reporters after the consultations.
The DPRK’s missile launch, which violates Security Council resolutions, came just days after the council imposed fresh sanctions on the DPRK over its nuclear test on Sept. 3. (Xinhua=Newsis)