Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

UN Security Council condemns DPRK's missile launch

US has warned that Pyongyang will be'destroyed if it refuses to end its nuclear and missile drive US has warned that Pyongyang will be'destroyed if it refuses to end its nuclear and missile drive
Melinda Barton | 17 September, 2017, 09:07

Condemning the launch of yet another ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on the country's leadership to halt such activities and explore resumption of honest dialogue on denuclearisation.

Abe's remarks came following North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch that flew over northern Japan before falling into the Pacific early on Friday.

"The Security Council also emphasized the vital importance of North Korea immediately showing a honest commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tension on the Korean Peninsula", said Tekeda Alemu, President of the Security Council.

However, the yen's fall against the dollar on Friday raised questions about investors' willingness to buy Japanese assets when Japan is in North Korea's firing line.

In a press statement released on Friday, the 15 council members urged all United Nations member states to "fully, comprehensively and immediately" implement all relevant Security Council resolutions concerning North Korea, particularly the newly adopted Resolution 2375, which targeted North Korea's oil supply and textile exports, Xinhua news agency reported.

"DPRK must put a stop to these tests and to start talks instead", added Cayetano, who is in NY for the 72nd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

The Philippine official plans to consult with fellow foreign ministers in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on what they can do to reduce tensions in Korea.

Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters the missile may have been the intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missile, which has the range to reach the US Pacific territory of Guam.

Cayetano said the Philippine government is "concerned" over the safety of some 242,000 Filipinos in Japan who may be affected by North Korea's missile launches.

"Our Embassy in Tokyo and Consulate General in Osaka are closely monitoring the situation and are regularly providing updates to the Filipino community", he said.

Early this month, Asean foreign ministers deplored the nuclear tests and emphasized the group's readiness "to play a constructive role in contributing to peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula".