The U.N. Security Council is condemning North Korea’s “highly provocative” ballistic missile test that flew over Japan and urging Pyongyang to take immediate action to demonstrate its commitment to denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on China and Russian Federation to agree to tougher sanctions. Hours earlier, North Korea had launched a missile over Japan, the latest in a series of actions that have rattled the global community and prompted a new round of US-led sanctions.
“The Security Council also emphasized the vital importance of North Korea immediately showing honest commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tension on the Korean Peinsula”, said Tekeda Alemu, President of the Security Council.
“North Korea’s adept use of threats, of rhetoric, of provocations; they would love to see division of various kinds between the United States and Japan – and between the United States and South Korea“, Karako said.
European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini on Friday, September 15, condemned North Korea’s ballistic missile launch over Japan as an “outrageous provocation” and vowed to step up sanctions on the rogue regime.
The U.S. Pacific Command confirmed the launch was an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) but said it posed no threat to Guam or to the American mainland.
Dr Benjamin Zala from the university’s Department of International Relations said South Korea’s firing of two ballistic missiles in response to the North Korean launch did not necessarily mean cooperation between the two nations was impossible.
It travelled about 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) in total, according to South Korea’s military, far enough to reach the USA territory of Guam.
That launch was followed by a nuclear test on September 3 – its largest to date – which Pyongyang said was a hydrogen bomb small enough to fit onto a missile.
Responding to a question, Mattis said he is not aware of any effort on the part of South Korea to shoot down the North Korean missile.
Kim’s comments suggest he has been clearly irked by President Donald Trump’s bellicose remarks in recent months.
Worldwide politics Professor Scott Lucas told Julia Hartley-Brewer: “What the North Koreans did today was a pretty blunt response to what is being done, which is the United Nations passed additional sanctions only a few days ago”.
Last week, the Security Council agreed on fresh economic sanctions, which the USA estimates will cut trade with North Korea by 90 per cent.
“I think that North Korea is attempting to play us here”, defense expert Tom Karako, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, tells CBS News.
China, one of five permanent veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council, agreed to the latest sanctions that cap fuel exports, ban textile sales and forbid countries from issuing new work permits to North Korean workers. “We’ve been kicking the can down the road, and we’re out of road”, McMaster told reporters.