NEW YORK – The UN Security Council on Sunday condemned North Korea’s launch using ballistic missile technology and said it will promptly adopt a new council resolution.
“Whether you call it a satellite launch, this is the clear preparation for the long-range missile itself and it is a clear violation of the past Security Council resolutions,” Japanese Ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa told reporters after the meeting.
Council Resolutions 1718 (2006) and 1874 (2008) prohibit North Korea from testing ballistic missile technology.
“This is clearly a direct threat to the security of Japan along with the Republic of Korea and also (countries) like the Philippines, whose so-called drop zone is in the vicinity,” he said, flanked by the ambassadors of the U.S. and South Korea. “We also know that this is the area where there is a very dense maritime and air transportation which had also been disrupted.”
U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said President Barack Obama had been on the phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying that the two men “agreed on the importance of a strong and united international response to North Korea’s illegal actions, including through an impactful UN Security Council resolution.”
The Council’s Press Statement on Sunday said that in light of “the gravity of this most recent violation, the members of the Security Council will adopt expeditiously a new Security Council resolution with such measures in response to this dangerous and serious violation.”
As French Ambassador Francois Delattre was saying much the same thing on the stairs leading to the Security Council chamber, Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi squeezed past him and the media. Responding to questions shouted in his direction, Liu said, “We are greatly concerned, we are working with the council.”
But after the meeting ended, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin indicated that his country has yet to see any draft of a resolution.
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