|Nikki Haley, US Permanent Representative to the UN|
The members of the Security Council held an urgent meeting to address the serious situation arising from an escalatory launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea confirmed it conducted on 3 July 2017.
The members of the Security Council strongly condemned this launch, which is a clear violation and in unacceptable defiance of Security Council resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013), 2270 (2016), 2321 (2016), and 2356 (2017), and therefore a clear threat to international peace and security continues to exist. The members of the Security Council underscored that this launch, as well as any other DPRK launch that uses ballistic missile technology, even if characterized as a satellite launch or space launch vehicle, contributes to the DPRK’s development of nuclear weapon delivery systems.
The members of the Security Council also recalled that they have previously expressed their determination to take “further significant measures” in the event of a further DPRK nuclear test or launch, and in line with this commitment and the gravity of this violation, the members of the Security Council will begin to work immediately on such measures in a new Security Council resolution.
The members of the Security Council emphasized the vital importance of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea immediately showing sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions in the Korean Peninsula and beyond. To that end, the Security Council demanded the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea conduct no further nuclear and ballistic missile tests. The members of the Security Council reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in North-East Asia at large, expressed their commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation, and welcomed efforts by Council members, as well as other States, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue.
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