France denounces North Korea's missile launch

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the start of their talks in Vladivostok Russia on Sept. 7

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the start of their talks in Vladivostok Russia on Sept. 7

The secretary-general "will be discussing the situation on the Korean Peninsula with all concerned parties in the margins of the upcoming high level week of the United Nations General Assembly". he added.

In the latest test North Korea fired an intermediate range ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean, according to the United States military's regional command, which said the launch did not pose a threat to North America.

"Our kababayans in Japan must closely monitor the Embassy's announcements and to update information on their whereabouts and contact details with the Embassy or Consulate General".

It also demanded that the DPRK comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions as well as the statements of its President by suspending all activities related to its ballistic missile programme and, in that context, re-establish its pre-existing commitments to a moratorium on missile launches.

Last August, Foreign ministers of the member-states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations released a statement expressing concern over the escalation of tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

Seoul's aid to Pyongyang was suspended after the latter conducted its fourth nuclear test in January a year ago.

North Korea is a participant of the ASEAN Regional Forum.

North Korea confirmed on Saturday that it conducted another medium-range ballistic missile drill Friday under the personal guidance of its top leader Kim Jong Un.

"Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the USA and make the US rulers dare not talk about military option", Kim was quoted as saying by the official Korean Central News Agency, during a visit to oversee Friday's missile launch.

The North has confirmed the missile as an intermediate range Hwasong-12, the same model launched over Japan on August 29.

Tensions escalated on the Korean Peninsula after North Korea's test earlier in the day of what was believed to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM).

The KCNA said Kim expressed great satisfaction over the launch, which he said verified the "combat efficiency and reliability" of the missile and the success of efforts to increase its power. "North Korea's missile launch is another reckless breach of United Nations resolutions, a major threat to worldwide peace and security which demands a global response", NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on social media.

"The Security Council also emphasized the vital importance of the DPRK immediately showing a honest commitment to denuclearization through concrete action, and stressed the importance of working to reduce tension on the Korean Peninsula", said Tekeda Alemu, president of the Security Council, in a readout of the press statement. "Our final goal is to establish the equilibrium of real force with USA and make the U.S. rulers dare not talk about military option for North Korea", he was quoted as saying by KCNA.

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