The United Nations Security Council has condemned Pyongyang’s latest missile launch. Members released a statement reading in part:
“The members of the Security Council strongly condemned these launches, condemned further the DPRK for its outrageous actions, and demanded that the DPRK immediately cease all such action….The Security Council stressed that these DPRK actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all U.N. Member States.”
CGTN’s Jessica Stone reports.
The emergency meeting comes on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly and just hours after the latest Pyongyang tes. The intercontinental ballistic missile flew further than any previous missile to date.
This is the second DPRK missile that passed over Japan in recent weeks. Experts said the flight duration indicates it could reach the U.S. territory of Guam.
U.S. President Donald Trump – stood in front of an American bomber – to deliver a message:
“We will defend our people our nations and our civilization from all who threaten our way of life. This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbors and for the entire world community,” Trump said, flanked by U.S. military personnel.
Shortly after the launch, sirens sounded a warning in Japan, and Seoul’s National Security Council ordered missile defense drills.
Just four days ago, the U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed to cut off around a third of the DPRK’s oil, and all of its foreign workers, textiles and joint ventures. The sanctions won’t go into effect until October.
“It has become clear that the latest sanctions need to be imposed in full,” said Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. “North Korea needs to understand that if it continues on this path there is no bright future.”
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs vowed to implement the new U.N. sanctions.
“China opposes the DPRK on violating the related resolutions by the U.N. Security County and making launches with ballistic missile technologies,” said Ministry Spokeswoman, Hua Chunying.
American national security officials said the sanctions need time to work…while the Pentagon continues to deploy military assets to the region.
“They’ve (Pyongyang) already started to feel it. But they’re getting ready to feel 90 percent of their exports going away,” said Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. “Having said that I have no problem kicking it to [U.S. Secretary of Defense] General Mattis, because I think he has plenty of options.”
But Trump’s National Security Advisor, General H.R. McMaster told reporters the military option is not preferred:“…so for those who have said and been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option. Now it’s not what we would prefer to do.”
A day after the test launch, DPRK leader Kim Jong-un vowed to complete his nuclear weapons program. Moscow is urging a diplomatic resolution to the Korean nuclear standoff.
Trump is expected to speak to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. White House aides said he will urge unity to combat threats to global security, but they said he will also talk about the crisis in Syria…and a threat from Iran. Administration officials said Trump will also host a lunch with his counterparts in the Republic of Korea and Japan. China’s top diplomat Wang Yi is also expected to meet his U.S. counterpart, Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of the U.N.G.A.