SINGAPORE CONDEMNS NORTH KOREA’S LATEST TEST OF BALLISTIC MISSILE
SINGAPORE– Singapore has condemned North Korea’s latest reported test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The launch on Friday and North Korea’s previous missile launches, including the last one that just took place less than a month ago on July 4, have “raised tensions in the region and further jeopardised the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in the statement.
“These provocative acts are also serious breaches of United Nations Security Council resolutions and ignore the grave concerns of the international community. This will only undermine the well-being of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK)’s people.
“We reiterate our strong and long-standing call for the DPRK to cease all provocations immediately, and to abide by its international obligations and commitments.”
North Korea said on Saturday it had conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that proved its ability to strike America’s mainland, drawing a sharp warning from U.S. President Donald Trump and a rebuke from China.
However, later on Saturday Trump wrote on Twitter that he was “very disappointed” in China and that Beijing had done “nothing” for the United States in regards to North Korea, something he would not allow to continue.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally supervised the midnight launch of the missile on Friday night and said it was a “stern warning” for the United States that it would not be safe from destruction if it tries to attack, the North’s official KCNA news agency said.
North Korea’s state television broadcast pictures of the launch, showing the missile lifting off in a fiery blast in darkness and Kim cheering with military aides.
The launch comes less than a month after the North conducted its first ICBM test in defiance of years of efforts led by the United States, South Korea and Japan to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons ambitions.
The North conducted its fourth and fifth nuclear tests last year and has engaged in an unprecedented pace of missile development that experts said significantly advanced its ability to launch longer-range ballistic missiles.
In Friday’s test, North Korea’s Hwasong-14 missile, named after the Korean word for Mars, reached an altitude of 3,724.9 km (2,314.6 miles) and flew 998 km (620 miles)for 47 minutes and 12 seconds before landing in the waters off the Korean peninsula’s east coast, KCNA said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK