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US, Partners Condemn North Korea Missile Launch

US, Partners Condemn North Korea Missile Launch

The United States and five allies issued a united condemnation on Monday of North Korea’s January 5 ballistic missile launch.

US Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield read a joint statement to the press flanked by the ambassadors of Albania, Britain, France, Ireland, and Japan. It is only Japan out of the six nations that is not a current UN Security Council Member.

‘’The DPRK’s January 5th ballistic missile launch is a clear violation of multiple Security Council resolutions,’’ US Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield said using the acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

On Monday, the council held a private meeting to discuss the launch. Pyongyang apparently claimed last week to be of a high-tech hypersonic missile.

Thomas Greenfield said this launch is the latest in a series of ballistic missile launches. She said it showed DPRK’s determination to expand its unlawful weapons capabilities.

He further said these actions increase the risk of miscalculation and escalation and pose a significant threat to regional stability.

She said North Korea is not only making weapons for itself but also increasing weapons for export to arms dealers and other international clients. This is, however, in violation of international sanctions.

North Korea’s latest missile tests come as the country has declined to respond to US appeals for talks with Pyongyang.

Thomas-Greenfield urged Pyongyang to cease its destabilizing actions, give up its illegal weapons programs, and engage in serious dialogue.

‘’This is the only way for us to achieve lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula,’’ she said.She also revealed that the US is willing to engage to reach that outcome.

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