UNITED NATIONS (AA) – The US has called on the UN Security Council to take “strong action” against North Korea in response to the latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch by Pyongyang.
North Korea’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch, the second this month, is reportedly the first successful test of its largest and most powerful missile, capable of reaching all of North America.
North Korea, also known as the DPRK, has launched 63 ballistic missiles this year including 8 ICBMs, according to the US envoy to the UN.
“For too long the DPRK has acted with impunity, it has conducted escalatory and destabilizing ballistic missile launches without fear of a response or reprisal from this council,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the UN Security Council on Monday.
She took a swipe at China and Russia — two of the veto-wielding powers at the Council — for enabling North Korea.
“They have allowed the regime to launch this latest reckless missile test, which endanger the lives of Japanese civilians and needlessly raises tensions in the region. These two members’ blatant obstructionism put the North East Asian region and the entire world at risk,” said Thomas-Greenfield.
She said that the US will offer another opportunity for the Council to hold North Korea accountable for its destabilizing actions by proposing a presidential statement, condemning Pyongyang and taking actions to curb the country’s unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile advancements.