US Criticizes North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launch

The United States (US) Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Wednesday (20/10) criticized the test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) or North Korea.

“This is an unlawful activity. They violated several Security Council resolutions. And this is unacceptable,” he said.

Thomas-Greenfield added that “we shouldn’t look at this latest launch in isolation. This is the latest in a series of reckless provocations. Since early September, North Korea has launched several ballistic missiles, one of which it claims has a new hypersonic glide vehicle capability. Continuous and substantive dialogue is needed to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

The remarks came ahead of closed-door UN Security Council consultations on North Korea’s test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield noted that the United States has offered to hold meetings with North Korean officials “without any preconditions, and we have made it clear that we have no hostile intentions towards them.”

Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of France, Estonia and Ireland, Irish Ambassador to the United Nations Geraldine Byrne Nason “strongly condemns North Korea’s provocative actions which constitute a flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolutions.”

He welcomed discussions at the Security Council on Wednesday and said the “continuous actions of missile and nuclear (launch) missiles, and other weapons of mass destruction programs” represented a serious threat to peace and security in the region and the world. [em/jm]

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