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G7 calls for “significant“ U.N. response to North Korea missile launches


An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is launched in this undated photo released on November 19, 2022 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

The United Nations’ Security Council needs to take “significant measures” in response to the latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch by North Korea, foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialised nations said on Sunday.

The Security Council is set to discuss North Korea in a meeting on Monday at the request of the United States, following the latest in a series of missile test launches this year.

“(North Korea’s) actions demand a united and robust response by the international community,” the ministers of the United States, Japan, Canada, Germany, Britain, France and Italy said.

Pyongyang tested on Friday a ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland shortly after warning of “fiercer military responses” to Washington beefing up its security presence in the region.

The G7 statement said Friday’s test was a “reckless act” and “another blatant violation” of U.N. resolutions.

“The unprecedented series of unlawful ballistic missile launches conducted by (North Korea) in 2022 … pose a serious threat to regional and international peace and security,” the G7 statement said, adding that the country “cannot and will never have the status of a nuclear-weapon state”.