The United Nations condemned North Korea’s “outrageous” firing of a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, demanding Pyongyang to immediately abandon all its weapons Program.
In a statement, the Security Council said it was of “vital importance” to reduce tensions in the area and urged North Korea to take responsible action in this regard.
The council also emphasized on “its commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution”.
“The security Council stresses that these DPRK actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN member states,” said the statement issued by the UN.
North Korea said the launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) was a counter move to the US and South Korean drills and justified its actions by portraying the missile launch as a military action to “contain” the US territory of Guam.
Kim Jong Un North Korea’s leader, ordered the launch from it capital, and said more exercises with the Pacific as the target were needed, The North Korea’s KCNA news agency said on Wednesday.
“The current ballistic rocket launching drill like a real war is the first step of the military operation of the KPA in the Pacific and a meaningful prelude to containing Guam,” KCNA quoted Kim.
Despite the threats from the North Korean weapons program and recent missile launch, the UN however does not threaten any new sanctions on North Korea.
China and Russia two-veto-wielding council members –typically only view a test of a long-range missile or a nuclear weapon as a trigger for further possible UN sanctions.
China and Russia’s ambassadors to the United Nations said they opposed any unilateral sanctions on North Korea and called for a suspension of US missile defense system deployment in South Korea instead.
ALL OPTIONS ON THE TABLE
Reacting to the new missile launch President Trump said the world had received North Korea’s message “Loud and Clear”.
He further said in his statement “Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world. All options are on the table”.
The new test puts Washington in a worry path as the North Korean weapons program is seen to achieve a step closer to its objective of developing nuclear arsenal that can target the US. North Korea has been very aggressive this year with around 13 missile launches so far and it plans for more.
Analysts believe that North Korea could achieve reliable long range nuclear missiles in matter of years, making it a global threat to the world order.