The top representatives of North Korea, the United States and Japan, held telephone talks today and strongly condemned North Korea’s launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile that passed over Japan.
Kim Geon, head of the Korean Peninsula Peace Relations Headquarters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, condemned the North Korean missile launch through a telephone consultation today with the US Special Representative for North Korea Sung Kim and Japan’s chief representative for North Korea’s nuclear program, Takehiro Funakoshi, the director of the Asia-Ocean States Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is urged to quit immediately.
They pointed out that North Korea’s launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile today, following four short-range ballistic missiles last week, clearly violated a number of UN Security Council resolutions.
They also noted that the missile launched by North Korea on the same day passed through the Japanese archipelago and fell into the Pacific Ocean, and shared the view that this launch was a serious threat not only to the Korean Peninsula, but also to neighboring regions and the international community as a whole.
The three main North Korean nuclear representatives also expressed serious concerns about the fact that North Korea has continued to raise the level of provocations since it announced its nuclear police policy law on the 8th of last month.
The importance of the international community’s decisive response to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats was emphasized, and it was agreed to strengthen communication and close cooperation on future response instructions, including at the UN Security Council level.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff said today that it had detected a medium-range ballistic missile launched from the Mupyong-ri area, Jagang Province, North Korea at around 7:23 am and passed over Japan to the east.
This is the first time in five years since 2017 that a North Korean missile has passed through the Japanese archipelago.