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North Korea’s missile launch condemned by UN Security Council

The UN Security Council condemned “the highly provocative launch of a ballistic missile” by North Korea and expressed commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the crisis. In a press statement released on Friday, the 15 council members urged all UN 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.

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

The council members stressed the importance of maintaining peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia at large, and welcomed efforts by council members as well as other states to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive settlement of the crisis through dialogue, said Alemu, the Ethiopian ambassador to the United Nations.

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