According to RFA, the US State Department urged the North to “refrain from provocations and to uphold their responsibilities according to the UN Security Council resolutions.”
|Photograph of the alleged submarine-launched ballistic missile being fired released by the North Korean state media. Yonhap|
The State Department was also quoted as urging North Korea to play a “practical role” in achieving denuclearization and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
According to RFA, the comments were given in response to a question regarding North Korea’s statement about six European nations’ position on Pyongyang’s recent missile test.
Following North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile from a sea-based platform, six European nations, including Germany and the UK, issued a joint statement condemning the launch. Although the North claimed that the Oct. 2 launch was that of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, it remains unclear whether the projectile actually was fired from a submarine.
Pyongyang responded by accusing the six nations’ statement of being a “serious provocation,” and hinted that testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles could be resumed.
By Choi He-suk (firstname.lastname@example.org)