The European Union (EU) requested this Saturday the “full implementation” of sanctions against North Korea for his nuclear program after the releases missiles from Pyongyang this week.
“It is essential that all UN member states, especially members of the Security Council, ensure the full implementation of UN sanctions,” said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell.
The head of European diplomacy called on the international community to respond “united and firm” way to the latest missile launchesto uphold the international nuclear non-proliferation architecture and “prevent North Korea from further escalating military tensions in the region.”
North Korea fired on Tuesday two medium-range ballistic missiles and another intercontinental on Thursdaythe most powerful potential you have in your arsenal.
This last launch was attended by the leader, kim jong unand tried to respond to the military maneuvers that Seoul and Washington are carrying out these days in the south of the peninsula and coincided with the visit of the South Korean president, yook suk-yeolto Japan.
Seoul “detected a long-range ballistic missile fired into the East Sea (the name given to the Sea of Japan in both Koreas) from the area of Sunanin Pyongyang, around 7:10 today (22:10 GMT on Wednesday),” the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement.
Sunan, where the North Korean capital’s airport is located, is a place from which the regime has launched ICBM missiles on more than one occasion.
For its part, the Japanese Ministry of Defense indicated that the projectile flew for a few 69 minutes and that it crashed in the waters of the Sea of Japan around 8:18 local time (23:18 GMT on Wednesday) about 250 kilometers west of the island of Oshima, which lies off the southwestern coast of the northern island of Hokkaido.
The coming to power of the conservative Yoon last May and the weapons advances shown by Pyongyang are serving to boost the cooperation, especially in the military fieldafter a period in which relations between Seoul and Tokyo went through their worst moment in years.
The test is a new response to the maneuvers of the allies freedom shieldwhich will last until March 23.
The joint US-South Korean exercises that began on Monday are the largest in recent years and included a simulated computerized command post. The exercises are designed to hone the allies’ response to the growing nuclear threat from north korea and other changing security environments.
The allies have warned that North Korea, which considers the exercises as a test to invade it and has promised to give an “unprecedented response” to these maneuvers, has everything ready to carry out a new nuclear test whenever it wants and some experts believe that the regime could choose to test its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) of solid fuel, more efficient than those that use liquid propellants.
Last year, Pyongyang tested more than 70 missiles, including nuclear-capable missiles aimed at South Korea, Japan, and the continental United States. North Korea said many of those tests were a warning from previous US-South Korean military drills.
(With information from EFE and AP)
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