UNSC condemns recent N. Korea's missile launches

NEW YORK, March 19 (KUNA) — UN Security council strongly condemned the recent ballistic missile launches conducted by North Korea.
The Council members held, late on Friday, urgent consultations to address the serious situation arising from the ballistic missile launches conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on March 18 and March 10.
In a press statement, the world’s top body stressed unanimously that all these launches were unacceptable, constituted a clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions and posed a threat to regional and international security.
They reiterated that the DPRK must refrain from further actions in violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions and comply fully with its obligations under these resolutions. Recalling the Security Council’s unanimous adoption of resolution 2270 earlier this month, they expressed grave concern over the DPRK’s reaction to that resolution and its demands. Therefore, the 15 member states are determined to ensure that resolution 2270 is implemented fully.
In light of these recent violations, the press statement emphasized importance of the work of Security Council’s Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718, and urged all member states “to redouble their efforts to implement the measures imposed in all relevant Security Council resolutions.” They also re-underlined importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in north-east Asia at large, and expressed their commitment “to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation and welcomed efforts by Council members as well as other States to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue.” Moreover, they agreed that the Security Council would continue to closely monitor the situation and act as appropriate. (end) mao.rk