May 08, 2018 10:18
The U.S. State Department has made it clear that North Korea must also stop developing intercontinental ballistic missiles, Voice of America reported on Sunday.
Asked by VOA whether a request to stop missile launches includes a halt to satellite launches, a State Department spokesman said, "Any satellite launch using ballistic missile technology would be a clear violation of these resolutions."
North Korea has repeatedly claimed that its launches of ICBM prototypes were for the purpose of launching peaceful satellites, though no signal has ever been detected from space.
"Multiple UN Security Council resolutions require North Korea to suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile program, re-establish a moratorium on missile launches, stop conducting any launches using ballistic missile technology, and abandon its ballistic missile program in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner," the spokesman added.
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