EU condemns North Korea's missile test, says launch poses serious threat to international security

Brussels: The European Union lashed North Korea for posing "a serious threat to international peace and security" after Pyongyang carried out another missile launch on Friday.

File image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. AP

File image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. AP

The launch "is in outright violation of (North Korea's) international obligations as set out in several United Nations Security Council resolutions," the European Union's foreign service said in a statement.

It urged Pyongyang "to refrain from any further provocative action that could increase regional and global tensions".

European Union foreign ministers, at a meeting in July, had condemned North Korea's missile launches in similar terms.

European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini will take up the issue in the coming days with the foreign ministers of South Korea "and other international partners," the statement said.

Mogherini is to attend a ministerial meeting of ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila on 6 and 7 August.

Friday's launch entailed the firing of what appeared to be another intercontinental ballistic missile, according to the Pentagon.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said the missile may have landed within Japan's maritime exclusive economic zone.

The launch came a day after North Korea celebrated what it calls "Victory Day" — the anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Pyongyang regularly times its missile tests to coincide with symbolic dates.

Published Date: Jul 29, 2017 09:06 AM | Updated Date: Jul 29, 2017 09:06 AM

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