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UN chief calls N.Korea's ballistic missile launch a 'dangerous escalation of situation'

News Agencies | Updated on: 5 July 2017, 11:42 IST

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has condemned North Korea's launch of an Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) and said that this action is dangerous escalation of the situation.

"This action is yet another brazen violation of Security Council resolutions and constitutes a dangerous escalation of the situation," Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

The UN chief urged North Korean leadership to cease such actions and comply fully with its international obligations.

He also underlined the importance of maintaining the unity of the international community in addressing this serious challenge.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called for global action to counter the alleged global threat from North Korea after Pyongyang claimed to have conducted its first successful test of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile on Tuesday.

"The United States strongly condemns North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile," Tillerson said in a statement, adding "Global action is required to stop a global threat. Any country that hosts North Korean guest workers, provides any economic or military benefits, or fails to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions is aiding and abetting a dangerous regime."

He said that testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, its allies and partners, the region, and the world.

"The United States seeks only the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the end of threatening actions by North Korea. As we, along with others, have made clear, we will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea," he said.

Tillerson said that President Donald Trump and his national security team are continuing to assess the situation in close coordination with their allies and partners.

Meanwhile, in the wake of North Korea launching an Inter Continental Ballistic Missile, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has decided to hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday.

"U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and her counterparts from Japan and the Republic of Korea requested an emergency UN Security Council meeting to be held in the open chamber in response to North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile launch," TASS news agency quoted the U.S. mission to the UN in a statement.

"The Security Council session will be held tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m. EDT," the statement added.

China also criticised North Korea for launching an Inter Continental Ballistic missile and called on the United Nations Security Council to ban Pyongyang from conducting any launches that use ballistic missile technology, nuclear tests or any other provocation.

"China urges the DPRK to refrain from acts that violate UN Security Council resolutions so as to create necessary conditions for resuming dialogue and negotiation," Xinuhua quoted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang as saying on Tuesday.

With the orders and supervision of Kim Jong-un, North Korea on Tuesday conducted its first successful test of a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14, that it claimed can reach anywhere in the world.

An Intercontinental Ballistic Missile reached a height of 2,802 kilometres (1741 miles), according to state broadcaster Korea Central Television (KCTV).

That's the highest ever altitude reached by a North Korean missile, and puts the U.S. on notice that Pyongyang could potentially hit the U.S. mainland.

This launch is the latest provocation when U.S. President Donald Trump is in talks with China, Japan and South Korea on finding ways to deal with North Korea nuclear and ballistic missile program and has said that U.S. is running out of patience.

In a rare announcement, state North Korean television announced that Kim Jong-un had personally overseen the "landmark" test of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental missile (KN-14 ).

The advancement in North Korea's missile technology further adds concerns that it may develop the technology to mount a miniature nuclear warhead on a long-range missile.

South Korea's military confirmed that North Korea had fired an "unidentified ballistic missile" into the Sea of Japan known in North Korea as the East Sea of Korea - from Banghyon in North Pyongan, a province near its border with China.


First published: 5 July 2017, 11:42 IST