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UN strongly condemns North Korean missile launch after delay

UN strongly condemns North Korean missile launch after delay

It was the fifth time the council has adopted a press statement on North Korea.

The 15-member council said in the statement that the April 15 missile launch, even if it ended in failure, is a clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a statement condemning North Korea's latest missile launch.

The US-drafted statement was agreed upon after Russian Federation insisted that language stressing the need to achieve a peaceful solution "through dialogue" was included in the final text.

It expresses the Security Council's commitment "to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation" and welcomes efforts by council members and other countries "to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue".

Diplomats said Pyongyang ally China had agreed to the statement.

The Trump administration is focusing its North Korea strategy on tougher sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo, a global ban on its airline, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang, Reuters reported last week, citing USA officials.

In an escalating war of words with the U.S., North Korea warned Thursday of a "super-mighty preemptive strike" that would reduce American military forces in South Korea and the U.S. mainland "to ashes", according to The Rodong Sinmun, official newspaper of North Korea's Workers' Party.

North Korea was removed from the list of state sponsors of terror in 2008 as a last-ditch move to save a nuclear deal that was near collapse.

Tensions have risen after U.S. President Donald Trump took a hard rhetorical line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programs seen by Washington as a direct threat. The US has been unnerved by North Korea's advancing missile and nuclear programs and has dispatched a military strike group to the Korean Peninsula.

The council has imposed six sets of sanctions on North Korea - two of which were adopted a year ago - to significantly ramp up the punitive measures and deny Kim Jong-Un's regime hard currency revenue.

"At the end of the day we realized that North Korea is a problem", Haley said.


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