UN Security Council to hold 'urgent' meeting following North Korea missile launch

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

China, North Korea's main ally, condemned the tests but cautioned all sides to "exercise restraint".

North Korea's ballistic missile firing on Sunday was its first direct challenge to the worldwide community since U.S. President Donald Trump took office on January 20.

South Korea's Ambassador Choi Kyong-lim said the test showed "the unreasonable nature of the DPRK and their fanatical obsession with the pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles".

"The Ministers emphasized that North Korea must abandon its proscribed nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner", according to a written joint statement released after the trilateral meeting. The meeting with Abe, his recent announcement that he would support China's "one China" policy in regard to Taiwan and his tough stance on North Korea have, however, started to cast the United States leader in a more favorable light in the region.

In turn, Head of the Section of Korea and Mongolia at the Institute of Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Vorontsov presumed that "North Korea may develop an intercontinental missile already in four years".

The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile test as US President Donald Trump vowed to deliver a strong response to the provocation. Experts have said that in addition to the Trump factor, the North was likely keeping a low profile while political turmoil in Seoul plays out.

An official from South Korea's Defense Ministry said it was not clear whether the projectile was indeed a ballistic missile.

They also agreed that their representatives on North Korea policy will hold consultations in the coming days and affirmed the importance of an early resolution of the abduction issue, which were specified in the joint statement.

Abe called the missile launch "absolutely intolerable" and demanded that North Korea comply with United Nations Security Council resolutions that ban it from using ballistic-missile technology.

The US Defense Department warned that the United States and its allies have the capability to shoot down any missile from North Korea.

North Korea's ultimate goal is a nuclear-tipped long-range missile that can attack the USA mainland.

The National Security Council convened an emergency meeting to discuss the missile test on Sunday. Trump also has intimated that he could bully China into solving the North Korea problem - another suggestion lacking in the subtlety that is necessary for touchy global issues. South Korean officials also believe North Korea hasn't yet developed a re-entry vehicle for a missile - something that's needed to return a warhead to the atmosphere from space so it can hit its intended target.

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