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DPR Korea: UN chief strongly condemns ballistic missile launch

The Secretary-General also called on DPRK, which is more commonly known as North Korea, to fully comply with its international obligations under all relevant Security Council resolutions.Seventy of the launches had employed ballistic missile technology, Mr. Khiari said. The launches were characterized as involving systems with nuclear weapon roles, he explained, adding that most of the systems tested are capable of striking targets on the Korean Peninsula, and some capable of reaching parts of North America.

Calls for compliance

Mr. Khiari had also told that Council that missile launches in February had included what Pyongyang had termed as “a launching drill involving two ‘tactical nuclear’ rockets”. News reports said the missile was fired just hours before the start of a Japan-Republic of Korean summit in Tokyo, on regional security – the first such meeting between the leaders of the two countries in 12 years. Pyongyang Metro in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. © UNSPLASH/Micha Brandii

Pyongyang Metro in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
In recent weeks, senior UN officials had echoed those calls, raising concerns about escalating tensions in the region. In February, the Security Council heard that DPRK had “greatly increased” missile launch activities in 2022, from a briefing by Mohamed Khaled Khiari, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations.

Strongly condemning DPRK’s Thursday launch of an intercontinental-range missile, UN Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated his calls on Pyongyang to immediately desist from taking any further destabilizing actions.


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