India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj told the UN Security Council meeting on North Korea on Monday – the Council met for the second time this month on the issue – that New Delhi condemns North Korea’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile launch.
North Korea’s latest missile launch on Nov. 18, which landed about 125 miles from Japan’s coast, came after other ballistic missile launches in the previous months.
Kamboj said these launches violate Security Council resolutions regarding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and affect peace and security in the region and beyond.
US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield issued a joint statement on behalf of Albania, Australia, Ecuador, France, Ireland, India, Japan, Malta, Norway, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom , and the United States on the missile launch.
The joint statement strongly condemned the November 18 intercontinental ballistic missile launch and subsequent report in North Koreastate-controlled media that it could be used for a pre-emptive nuclear strike.
Kamboj said India is calling for full implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions regarding North Korea.
“We also want to reiterate the importance of addressing the proliferation of nuclear and missile technologies related to the DPRK. The proliferation of nuclear and missile technologies is a concern as they are having a negative impact on peace and security in the region, including in India,” said Kamboj, adding that New Delhi hopes that the international community and the Security Council can unite become. on this front.
India reiterates its continued support for denuclearization towards peace and security in the Korean Peninsula.
“Ensuring peace and security on the Korean peninsula is in our collective interest. Going forward, we will continue to support dialogue and diplomacy as a means to resolve the problems on the Korean Peninsula,” the statement said.
The joint statement noted that this was North Korea’s eighth intercontinental ballistic missile launch this year.
“Compared to the total number of intercontinental ballistic missile launches prior to 2022, this represents a serious escalation and poses an undeniable threat to international peace and security,” the statement said, adding that North Korea is acting with impunity in the face of the security services. The passivity of the Council.
Thomas-Greenfield said the 14 countries support the need for the council to condemn North Korea’s actions with a united voice and take action to limit its illegal weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile development, especially when it comes to nuclear weapons. missile technologies in North Korea. , the region and beyond.
“We invite all member states to join us in condemning the DPRK’s unlawful ballistic missile launches and calling for full implementation of existing Security Council resolutions. We also urge the DPRK to abandon its illegal weapons programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner,” the joint statement said.
Rosemary DiCarlo, head of UN Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), told the meeting that the Hwasong-17 missile was reported to have traveled a distance of 1,000 kilometers and an altitude of about 6,100 kilometers.
She said it is reportedly the first successful test of North Korea’s largest and most powerful missile, capable of reaching all of North America.
She said the launch was the latest in a series of alarming activities related to its nuclear and ballistic missile programs that North Korea was conducting in 2022.
North Korea’s “continued implementation of its nuclear weapons program and launches of ballistic missiles are in flagrant violation of relevant Security Council resolutions and have led to a significant escalation of tensions,” the UN under-secretary-general said, reiterating a call to the country to refrain from further action. provocative actions and to fully comply with its international obligations under relevant Security Council resolutions.
She added that North Korea appears to be actively pursuing its nuclear program and that the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on Nov. 16 that the Punggye-ri nuclear test site “remains prepared to conduct a nuclear test.” support”.
“The IAEA has continued to observe activity at the site. It also observed construction activity at the Yongbyon nuclear facilities, as well as indications that the 5-megawatt nuclear reactor was operating,” DiCarlo said.
She noted that this was the 10th time the council has met in 2022 to discuss North Korea and said the situation on the Korean peninsula continues to go in the wrong direction.
“The repeated missile launches, confrontational rhetoric and military exercises contribute to a negative action-reaction cycle. Tensions continue to mount, with no exits in sight. In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic complicates diplomacy by hindering official and unofficial contacts with the DPRK,” she said.
The UN official emphasized that it is critical to de-escalate and reduce tensions, stressing the need to improve communication channels, especially military-to-military, to reduce the risk of miscalculation.