UN Condemns North Korea Ballistic Missile Launch

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Friday denounced the new missile launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and called for the resumption of "direct talks" to address the Korean Peninsula issue during a phone conversation, the Kremlin press service said.

"The Secretary-General calls on the DPRK leadership to cease further testing, comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions, and allow space to explore the resumption of honest dialogue on denuclearization", said Dujarric.

The DPRK reportedly fired a missile over Japan's northern island Hokkaido and into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, which came only days after the UN Security Council voted in favor of a resolution toughening sanctions on the DPRK.

The Security Council stressed that these DPRK actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN Member States.

"The Security Council also emphasized the vital importance of North Korea immediately showing honest 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 Security Council also reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in north-east Asia at large, and expressed its commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation, welcoming efforts by Council members, as well as other States, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue.

"China opposes DPRK ballistic missile launches against the UN Security Council resolutions", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

Kim also said the the final goal of North Korea in developing its nuclear and missile programs was to establish a strategic equilibrium with the US.

"Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the USA and make the US rulers dare not talk about military option for the DPRK", leader Kim Jong-un reportedly said.

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