THE The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea’s weekend missile launching in a statement on Monday.
“The members of the Security Council deplore all the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ballistic missile activities, including these launches,” the statement read.
North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile early Sunday morning, and it had launched a missile in mid-October.
The statement reiterated the Security Council’s commitment to enforcing the sanctions regime that has been imposed on North Korea since 2006 over its nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
The statement “called upon all member states to redouble their efforts to implement fully the measures imposed on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea by the Security Council.”
Japan, which called for the emergency meeting of the Security Council on Monday along with the United States and South Korea, said it was pleased with the council’s resolve in discussing North Korea’s latest missile firing.
“There was unanimity in condemning the launch and an expression of concern about the situation,” said Koro Bessho, the Japanese ambassador to the U.N.
“Obviously we have to implement the very robust strong resolution that we already have. That is a starting point.”
In December, the Security Council adopted a resolution in response to North Korea’s nuclear test in September. The resolution aimed to slash North Korea’s exports of coal and other metal exports, designed to cost it US$800 million a year.
The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, had tough words for North Korea after the Security Council meeting on Monday.
“It is time to hold North Korea accountable – not with our words, but with our actions,” Haley said in a statement.
North Korea has said any sanctions against its missile or nuclear programs are a violation of its sovereignty and right to self-defense.
Reclusive North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. The North regularly threatens to destroy the South and the South’s main ally, the United States. – Reuters