Europeans urge strict sanctions enforcement on North Korea

A North Korean missile test launched from the sea Oct 2 has stirred calls for strict enforcement of UN sanctions

A North Korean missile test launched from the sea Oct 2 has stirred calls for strict enforcement of UN sanctions

Representatives of the 5 European member nations learn a joint assertion after Tuesday's assembly condemning the October three take a look at and a sequence of short-range ballistic missile launches within the earlier weeks.

On Monday, DPRK U.N. Ambassador Kim Song said that raising the issue of its missile tests at the Security Council would "further urge our desire to defend our sovereignty", the Reuters news agency reported.

Britain, France, Germany, Poland and Belgium, as well as Estonia, which joins the council in January, issued the joint statement after a closed-door session of the Security Council in NY.

The missile launch was the most provocative move by North Korea since it resumed a dialogue with the United States in 2018 and followed a string of other missile tests over the past few months.

"The decision of the Security Council are clear: the DPRK is under the obligation to abandon its programs for the development of weapons of mass destruction and of ballistic missiles in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner", he said, using the abbreviation for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made his first public appearance after the breakdown of working-level nuclear talks with the USA by visiting a farm run by the military, the state media reported. "It is vital that the Security Council upholds its resolutions".

"International sanctions must remain in place and be fully and strictly enforced", they said in a statement read by French ambassador Nicolas Riviere.

The weekend nuclear talks, the first since February's no-deal summit between US President Donald Trump and the North's leader, broke off due to wide differences over the scope of Pyongyang's denuclearization measures and Washington's sanctions relief. It warned that it would wait only until the end of the year for the United States to change course.

The U.N. Security Council met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss North Korea's October 2 ballistic missile launch.

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