Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in a statement issued through a spokesperson, criticized the move as “another violation of the moratorium that North Korea imposed on its own in 2018” and “an obvious violation of a resolution of the Security Council.”
As North Korea is known to have fired 13 weapons this year, concerns are growing in the United States that Chairman Kim Jong-un is making progress in developing a weapon capable of carrying a nuclear warhead on the US mainland.
Flight data from South Korea and Japan show that the long-range missile flew higher and longer (1,080 km) than previous tests by North Korea before crashing into the waters of western Japan.
Japanese authorities say it appears to contain a ‘new’ ballistic missile.
serious escalation risk
North Korea announced that it would suspend its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and nuclear tests, but has since defended its use as a weapon of self-defense.
A senior UN official said, “If a long-range missile is launched, there is a risk of escalating tensions in the region. We urge North Korea to refrain from further counterproductive actions.”
Prime Minister Guterres concluded the statement by reaffirming the UN’s commitment to work with all parties “to find a peaceful and diplomatic solution for the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula”.