UN security council condemns North Korea’s latest ballistic missiles launch
The United Nations security council has strongly condemned North Korea’s latest launch of three ballistic missiles, and threatened “further significant measures” if the Pyongyang regime continued its missile and nuclear weapons development work, the Guardian reports.
Diplomats at the UN said that this latest rebuke of North Korea was agreed unusually quickly, reflecting China’s anger at the missile launch on Monday as President Xi Jinping was hosting the G20 summit in Hangzhou.
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Despite the bluntly worded statement, describing North Korea’s “flagrant disregard” of its demands, there are no immediate plans to begin discussions on new sanctions
. The focus will instead be on fuller implementation of the last round of sanctions imposed in March.
“We are going to work diligently together with the most recent UN sanctions that are already placing North Korea under the most intense sanctions regime ever,” Barack Obama said in Laos after a meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye.
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“We’re going to work together to make sure that we’re closing loopholes and making them even more effective. President Park and I agreed that the entire international community needs to implement these sanctions fully and hold North Korea accountable.”