The UN Security Council(UNSC) has warned that another provocation by North Korea could be met with an additional set of international sanction measures on the regime.
The warning was made as the UN body on Thursday unanimously adopted a statement strongly condemning Pyongyang over its botched ballistic missile test last Sunday denouncing the launch as a clear violation of the existing council resolutions.
The statement issued by U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, the rotating chair of the UNSC for this month, said the North’s illegal ballistic-missile activities are “contributing to its development of nuclear-weapons delivery systems and are greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond.”
It also expressed regret that the North has been diverting resources for the development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons, ignoring the great needs of its citizens.
The 15 UNSC members urged the North to refrain from any further provocations and agreed to “continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures, including sanctions, in line with the Council’s previously expressed determination.”
Since 2006, the UNSC has adopted six resolutions imposing sanctions against the North, which all ban the regime from conducting tests related with ballistic missile technology.
It is the fifth time this year that the council issued a statement denouncing missiles tests by the North.
Early last Sunday, the North launched a ballistic missile near the Sinpo region in South Hamgyong Province, but it exploded immediately after the launch.
Suspicions are growing that Pyongyang is likely to conduct a nuclear test or launch a ballistic missile around the anniversary of the creation of the North’s military next Tuesday.