United Nations meets on North Korea missile test which Europeans condemn

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 9, 2019

North Korea's ambassador to the UN, Kim Song, said that raising the issue "will further urge our desire to defend our sovereignty".

Representatives of the five European member nations read a joint statement after Tuesday's meeting condemning the October 3 test and a series of short-range ballistic missile launches in the previous weeks.

France's Ambassador to the U.N., Nicolas de Riviere, said Tuesday the three countries requested the meeting due to their "deep collective concern" about the North's October 2 test-firing of what it called a new submarine-launched ballistic missile. Afterward, they were joined by the other European members of the council Belgium and Poland - as well as Estonia, which will take a seat on the council in January - to express their "deep collective concern" about North Korea's behavior.

Council diplomats were briefed by U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Khaled Khiari, on the missile, which was launched from a submarine.

"We reiterate our condemnation of these provocative actions that undermine regional security and stability, and they are in clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions", he told reporters as he read out the statement.

"We are going to go to the consultations room and.be briefed on what happened", South Africa's United Nations ambassador Jerry Matjila, who holds the Security Council presidency for the month of October, told reporters.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made his first public appearance after the breakdown of working-level nuclear talks with the U.S. by visiting a farm run by the military, the state media reported. "Worldwide sanctions must remain in place and be fully and strictly enforced".

The weekend nuclear talks, the first since February's no-deal summit between US President Donald Trump and the North's leader, broke off due to wide differences over the scope of Pyongyang's denuclearization measures and Washington's sanctions relief.

North Korea said in a statement on Sunday there was no way the United States would bring alternative plans for their stalled nuclear talks to another meeting proposed by Sweden in two weeks.

He called for worldwide sanctions to "remain in place and be fully and strictly enforced", and urged North Korea "to engage in good faith in meaningful negotiations with the United States".

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