North Korean missile: EU condemns “dangerous and irresponsible” action

The European Union on Saturday condemned the test firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by North Korea as a “dangerous, illegal and irresponsible action”.

“The EU strongly condemns the test-firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which fell in Japan’s exclusive economic zone on November 18,” the 27 said. “This dangerous action , illegal and irresponsible is of deep concern to the EU,” they continued in a statement.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the launch of his latest intercontinental ballistic missile accompanied by his daughter, whom he unveiled to the world for the first time, in a message released Saturday by the state-run KCNA news agency.

Amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, Kim also reaffirmed that he would use the atomic bomb in the event of a nuclear attack on his country after the Hwasong-17 was launched “successfully”, according to KCNA.

“Pyongyang’s continued efforts to develop ever more threatening means of obtaining weapons of mass destruction threaten all countries,” the EU said. The EU “calls on the DPRK to immediately halt these destabilizing actions which violate UN Security Council resolutions and fuel regional and international tensions”.

The bloc insists that North Korea “must abandon all of its nuclear weapons, all of its other weapons of mass destruction, ballistic missile programs and ongoing nuclear program”. He believes it is “crucial that the UN Security Council responds appropriately to address the growing threat posed by the DPRK to international peace and security.”

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