Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Japan Urges International Community To Unite After Latest Missile Launch

Japan Urges International Community To Unite After Latest Missile Launch

He reiterated Manila's call for dialogue, saying the missile launches not only undermine efforts to peacefully resolve issues in the Korean Peninsula but also exacerbate the already tense situation there.

Reiterating solidarity with its Asian partners on Friday, France called North Korea's move to build a nuclear and ballistic program a "violation of its global obligations", which put at risk the security of the region and the worldwide community, Xinhua news agency reported.

In recent months, the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has revived a long-simmering discussion over whether to acquire cruise missiles - which can be fired from land, air or sea - that would allow it to strike a launch site in North Korea if it detected signs of an imminent attack.

The council members stressed the importance of maintaining peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia at large, and welcomed global efforts to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive settlement of the crisis through dialogue, said Alemu, the Ethiopian ambassador to the United Nations.

"DPRK must put a stop to these tests and to start talks instead", added Cayetano, who is in NY for the 72nd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

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"The fact that we've had the missile event means that short-term speculative traders can now refocus on the macro", said MUFG's head of macro strategy in London, Derek Halpenny.

The emergency Security Council consultations were requested by the United States and Japan following North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile on Friday local time, which flew over Japan's Hokkaido.

To ease tensions, China has been committed to a peaceful solution by supporting Security Council sanctions on one hand, and on the other proposing initiatives which aim to suspend hostilities by both Pyongyang and Washington.

Cayetano will consult with other foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in NY to discuss what Asean can do to help reduce tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

The spokesman said the United States had once declared the withdrawal of nuclear weapons from South Korea amid rising anti-nuclear drives in the early 1990's.

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