Following the recent missiles launched by North Korea into the Sea of Japan, the United States has called for a meeting to discuss the situation at the U.N. Security Council. The latest missile test occurred on Wednesday, the same day of the trilateral talks with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and US President Barack Obama.
While North Korea is prohibited from engaging in ballistic missile technology under U.N. Security Council resolutions, two Rodong medium-range ballistic missiles were launched from the northern part of Pyongyang on Wednesday. This drew strong protests from South Korea, Japan and the United States as the missiles’ range would reach up to 1,000 to 1,500 kilometers, making it very dangerous. The U.S. hopes to discuss the issue with the other 15 council members as discussions about Iraq have already concluded. U.N. Undersecretary General for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman will be at the meeting to brief the full council. Many diplomats expect the U.N. to come up with a non-binding statement in response to the situation after the council has met.
The missiles on Wednesday were not the first rockets launched by North Korea in recent weeks. Threatened by the annual joint military exercises conducted by the United States and South Korea, Pyongyang launched a series of missiles the past weeks. North Korean Deputy Ambassador Ri Tong Il criticized the U.S. while at the U.N. for its military drills with the South. He accused the joint military exercises as further aggravating tensions in the region and warned that they will take “additional measures” should it continue.
[via Global Post]
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