North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) this week violates multiple United Nations resolutions and threatens peace and stability in the region, the United States, South Korea and Japan said Friday, July 14. in a joint statement condemning the launch.
The missile that was fired off the east coast of North Korea on Wednesday, July 12, flew for 74 minutes at an altitude of 6,000 km (3,728 miles) and a range of 1,000 km, according to Japan, in what would be the flight longest in history. time for a North Korean missile.
“This constitutes a clear and flagrant violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions and poses a grave threat to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and beyond,” the top US foreign officials said in a joint statement. USA, South Korea and Japan.
The countries urged North Korea to “cease its illegal actions and escalations and quickly return to dialogue,” the statement added.
The officials, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin, met on the sidelines of the Regional Forum of the ASEAN in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday.
Blinken reaffirmed the United States’ “strong commitments” to the defense of Japan and South Korea at that meeting, according to a separate US State Department statement.
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North Korea’s “continued development of its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities will only strengthen the resolve of the three countries and the international community to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” said the joint statement issued after the meeting.
The launch followed heated complaints from North Korea in recent days, accusing US spy planes of overflying the waters of its exclusive economic zone, condemning the recent visit to South Korea by a US cruise missile submarine US nuclear propulsion and vowing to take action in response. .
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