UN Security Council discusses DPRK missile launch World 22:07

Clay Curtis
October 9, 2019

Joining France in the statement was Belgium, Germany, Poland and Britain as well as Estonia, which becomes a council member in January.

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.

The envoys of France, Germany and four other countries issued a statement on Tuesday after the UN Security Council discussed the test in a closed-door meeting.

North Korea is under three severe sets of sanctions imposed by the United Nations in 2017 after a sixth nuclear test and a series of missile tests, including several ICBMs believed capable of reaching the United States. U.N. Security Council resolutions ban Pyongyang from using ballistic missile technology.

North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Kim Song earlier denounced the planned meeting, calling it "dangerous" and saying it will increase "our desire to defend our sovereignty".

North Korea warned Monday it would not "sit idle" if any attempt is made at the UN Security Council to raise the subject of its "self-defensive measures", an apparent reference to its recent missile tests.

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"We are going to go to the consultations room and.be briefed on what happened", South Africa's United Nations ambassador Jerry Matjila, who holds the Security Council presidency for the month of October, told reporters.

The test last week came ahead of fresh nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States in Sweden.

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

China and Russian Federation are willing to ease the sanctions, while the United States puts priority on making progress in the working-level talks.

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

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