United Nations, February 21 – The United States, France, Great Britain and a number of UN Security Council member states have condemned the recent missile launches by the DPRK and called on Pyongyang to diplomacy, according to a statement read by US Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield.
Russia and China did not join the statement.
“Albania, Ecuador, France, Japan, Malta, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States strongly condemn the launch of an ICBM on 18 February by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as well as two missiles,” Thomas Greenfield told reporters. “Rockets were launched on February 19th.”
This is the fourth ballistic missile test this year, the statement said, and it is the ninth ICBM test since early 2022.
“This launch is reckless and dangerous. Each launch was a violation of many UN Security Council resolutions. The launch of ICBMs this weekend poses a threat not only to the region, but also to international peace and security. It undermines in particular. Thomas Greenfield pointed out that no Spread of nuclear weapons around the world.
“The United States and nine countries are fully committed to diplomacy and continue to call on the DPRK to return to dialogue. We call on all UN member states to join us and condemn the DPRK’s irresponsible behavior,” she said.
North Korea North Korea launched a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile on 18 February. The missile was launched along a hinged trajectory, that is, at a vertical angle, reached a height of 5768 km, flew 989 km in 4015 seconds and fell into the Sea of Japan. North Korea described the launch as a “surprise drill”. It is believed that this is the first time that Pyongyang, without preparation or warning, has ordered its military to launch an ICBM.
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