U.S. Condemns N.Korea's Recent Missile 'Attacks'

  • By Lee Yong-soo

    January 20, 2022 11:27

    The U.S. has condemned a series of North Korea's recent missile "attacks" and asked for a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss fresh sanctions.

    In an interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, "We will continue to ramp up the pressure on the North Koreans. Their attacks are a violation of Security Council resolutions." The term is much stronger than the usual "provocations" the North is accused of.

    "We had an intense discussion about this in the Security Council [last week], and we're likely to have another such discussion over the course of this week," she added.

    The spokesperson for the U.S. permanent representative to the UN told Voice of America that the U.S., along with Albania, France, Ireland and the U.K., asked for UNSC meeting about North Korea on Thursday afternoon.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-in speaks at a Workers Party meeting in Pyongyang on Wednesday, in this photo from the official [North] Korean Central News Agency.

    The U.S. took the initiative after the North fired a presumed hypersonic missile on Jan. 5 and convened a UNSC meeting on Jan. 10, when alongside the U.K., France and Japan it issued a statement denouncing Pyongyang.

    But the North continued to fire missiles on Jan. 11, 14 and 17, and the U.S. imposed fresh unilateral sanctions against the regime on Jan. 12.

    Thursday's UNSC meeting will have detailed discussions about fresh sanctions against the North, which could escalate military tension around the Korean Peninsula. The South Koran government has remained on the sidelines, only reiterating formulaic calls for dialogue.

    Meanwhile, leader Kim Jong-un decided to consider restarting "all temporally-suspended" activities at a meeting the previous day, according to the official [North] Korean Central News Agency. That seems to refer to nuclear and intercontinental-missile tests.

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