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India condemns North Korea’s missile launch over Japan

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India has strongly denounced North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan and stated that these actions have an impact on the stability and security of the region as a whole.

The Permanent Representative of India to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj, spoke before the UN Security Council and urged full implementation of the pertinent UNSC resolutions pertaining to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The 15-member council assembled on Wednesday after North Korea had fired a ballistic missile on Tuesday that went over Japan for the first time in five years.

Tokyo advised citizens to seek shelter after North Korea performed its longest-ever weapons test on Tuesday, during which a nuclear-capable ballistic missile flew over Japan.

Kambhoj said, “India would also like to reiterate the importance of addressing the proliferation of nuclear and missile technologies related to DPRK in our region. These linkages have an adverse impact on peace and security in the region including India. We hence, reiterate our continued support for denuclearisation towards peace and security in the Korean peninsula.”

She also brought up the difficulties faced by the “global south” in front of the council where she further said that “It is, therefore, important to continue to make all efforts to maintain peace and security, ensuring peace and security in the Korean Peninsula is in our collective interest going forward we will continue to support dialogues and diplomacy as a means to resolve the issue in the Korean Peninsula,” she added.

The US Ambassador to the United States, Linda Thomas Greenfield had condemned North Korea’s action earlier by stating “The DPRK has enjoyed blanket protection from two members of this council.”

The Japanese government had issued an alert urging the residents to stay inside the buildings in Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido.

According to the White House, both US President Joe Biden and Japanese Premier Fumio Kishida confirmed that they would continue to closely coordinate their immediate and longer-term responses bilaterally, trilaterally with the Republic of Korea, and with the international community.

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