UN condemns N. Korea's latest missile launch, calling for diplomatic resolution
Updated: 2021-10-20 12:22:17 KST
The UN has condemned North Korea's latest missile launch, calling on the regime to make a renewed commitment for a diplomatic resolution of its denuclearization issue.
In a briefing Tuesday, the UN's deputy spokesperson explained that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned about the North's latest provocation.
He also stressed the international body has urged the regime numerous times to abide by UN Security Council resolutions.
The U.S. also criticized North Korea for its series of recent missile launches, which it said have violated multiple UN Security Council resolutions, and threaten regional peace.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki highlighted the need for dialogue and diplomacy.
"These launches also underscore the urgent need for dialogue and diplomacy. Our offer remains to meet anywhere, any time without preconditions. We're also closely consulting with allies in this in fact on this."
She also called on North Korea to refrain from further provocations and engage in sustained and substantive dialogue, while stressing that Washington is committed to defending its allies in the region.
The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii also condemned the launch, but stressed Tuesday's launch did not pose an immediate threat to the U.S. or its allies.
The North fired what appeared to be a submarine launched ballistic missile into the East Sea.
It marked the regime's eighth known projectile launch this year.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.