N. Korea Rejects UNSC Statement Condemning Missile Test

The UN Security Council on Monday strongly condemned North Korea's latest missile test and vowed to push all countries to tighten sanctions against Pyongyang.

At the request of diplomats from the U.S., Japan and South Korea, urgent United Nations' Security Council consultations on the missile test are to take place Tuesday.

The council first imposed sanctions on Pyongyang in 2006.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference Monday, "To prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, it's important to prevent the transfer of skills and materials related to them, as well as to reduce foreign currency earnings".

It has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of a year ago in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

But Japanese travelers have also been put off by "negative media reports" about rising regional tensions over the North, KTO said, with their numbers falling 5.4 percent year-on-year in April.

The US-drafted statement was almost identical to one adopted last week after the launch of an intermediate-range missile that Pyongyang said was capable of carrying a "heavy" nuclear warhead.

North Korea conducted two nuclear tests previous year.

A spokesman for Pyongyang's foreign ministry blamed what it called "the United States and its followers" for the declaration, the official Korean Central News Agency reported, saying they were "obsessed by inveterate repugnancy and hostility". It "immediately went towards the North", a South Korean official said at the time.

"Saying with pride that the missile's rate of hits is very accurate and Pukguksong-2 is a successful strategic weapon, he (Kim) approved the deployment of this weapon system for action", KCNA said.

It called the missile, capable of reaching Japan and major U.S. military bases there, an "answer" to U.S. President Donald Trump's policies. "Supreme leader Kim Jong Un said it feels grand to look at the Earth from the rocket we launched and the entire world looks so attractive", KCNA said.

He noted the Pukguksong-2's solid fuel is of particular concern.

  • Leroy Wright