The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously condemned North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan as an “outrageous” threat. The UNSC also demanded that the country not launch any more missiles and must abandon all nuclear weapons and programmes.
In a statement the Security Council said it was of “vital importance” that North Korea take immediate, decisive actions to reduce tensions and called on all states to implement UN sanctions on North Korea.
“The Security Council stresses that these DPRK [North Korean] actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN member states,” said the statement, issued after closed-door meeting at UN headquarters.
“The Security Council expresses its grave concern that the DPRK is, by conducting such a launch over Japan as well as its recent actions and public statements, deliberately undermining regional peace and stability.”
However, the US-drafted statement, which was agreed by consensus, does not threaten new sanctions on North Korea.
On August 29 an intermediate-range missile, identified by the North Koreans as the Hwasong-12, flew over Japan, further fueling tensions between North Korea and the United States and its allies, Japan and South Korea.
The missile however landed in the sea.
The launch seemed designed to show that North Korea can back up a threat to target the US territory of Guam, if it chooses to do so, while also establishing a potentially dangerous precedent that could see future missiles flying over Japan.