The G7 countries on Sunday condemned North Korea’s “reckless” launch of a new intercontinental ballistic missile and called on the UN Security Council to take further “significant” measures to halt the tests.
Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven Nations said repeated missile launches by North Korea “further destabilize the region, despite calls from the international community for peace and stability”.
The missile North Korea fired on Friday appeared to be the latest ICBM with the potential range to hit the US mainland.
The G7 statement called for “a united and strong response from the international community, including the need for further decisive action by the UN Security Council.”
The G7 consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain and the United States. A representative of the European Union joined the statement.
North Korea is said to have fired 30 short-, medium- and long-range missiles so far this month, including Friday’s launch that landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone west of Hokkaido.
North Korea’s state news agency KCNA claimed the missile fired on Friday was a Hwasong-17, its latest variant and one that it claimed was “the world’s strongest strategic weapon”.
KCNA said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un witnessed the latest launch in the company of his daughter.
A series of test launches in October included a probable ICBM flying over and past Japan, sounding warning sirens in northern Japan.
North Korea launched more missiles in 2022 than in any previous year.
The UN Security Council has passed nearly a dozen resolutions since 2006 imposing sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear and missile activities.
North Korea tested six nuclear bombs between 2006 and 2017 and has vowed never to stop its nuclear program.
The G7 statement reiterated the demand that North Korea’s nuclear program must be demonstrably dismantled and said the withdrawn nation “will never have the status of a nuclear-weapon state”.
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