March 21 2018

UNSC condemns North Korean missile tests

March 21 2018, 10:22 | Van Peters

UNSC condemns North Korean missile tests

UNSC condemns North Korean missile tests

Meanwhile, defence secretary James Mattis has opted for diplomatic talks and has said that the "never out of diplomatic solutions" for dealing with the North Korean aggression.

"We will do our utmost to protect people's lives", Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

Russia's UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya called for "peaceful, diplomatic, and political solutions", saying "sanctions and pressure produce little effect" and "there is no military solution".

Tuesday's aggressive missile launch - likely the longest ever from North Korea - over a close USA ally sends a clear message of defiance as Washington and Seoul conduct annual military drills.

On Wednesday morning, President Trump tweeted that he does not think diplomacy will be able to solve the North Korea crisis.

North Korean state media published pictures of Kim watching the launch of the Hwasong-12 from Pyongyang Sunan International Airport on Tuesday.

In July, North Korea test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that theoretically could carry a nuclear bomb to the continental United States.

In August, North Korea's military announced that it had sent a plan to attack the U.S. island territory of Guam to the country's ruler, Kim Jong-un, for approval.

The Pentagon chief declined to confirm reports that North Korea could be preparing a new nuclear test, which would be widely seen as another provocative and unsafe move by the Pyongyang regime.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also condemned the launch in a statement Tuesday and called on Pyongyang to reopen channels of communication.

With tensions surging, Moscow urged Washington not to use force against North Korea and also said attempts to toughen sanctions would be counterproductive.

The forum took place a day after North Korea fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan's northern Hokkaido island into the sea, drawing heavy condemnation from the UN Security Council, Japan, South Korea and other nations.

But the hermetic country has been ramping up its tests for nuclear and long-range missiles in the past month.

The live-fire exercises came two days after Kim Jong Un's regime in Pyongyang fired a midrange ballistic missile over Japan, sharply raising tension in the region.

This was Pyongyang's 13th ballistic missile launch in 2017.

Both the North's key ally China, and Russian Federation, which also has ties to it, backed the US-drafted declaration, but it will not immediately lead to new or tightened sanctions.

North Korea is opposed to USA bombers flying by the peninsula due to its experience with the Korean War.

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