S.Korea Belatedly Condemns N.Korean Missile Launch

  • By Jeong Si-haeng, Lee Yong-soo

    March 02, 2022 12:20

    South Korea has belatedly joined the international community in condemning North Korea's latest attention-seeking ballistic-missile launch.

    An official at the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, "We took into consideration North Korea's repeated missile launches and the seriousness of the matter."

    The UN ambassadors of 11 countries including South Korea, France, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. issued a joint statement Monday that said, "This is the 10th ballistic missile launch so far this year, each one a violation of multiple Security Council resolutions."

    It added, "These Security Council resolutions also obligate [North Korea] to abandon its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner."

    The North has fired 12 missiles so far this year, and the U.S. requested four emergency meetings of the UNSC and sought the cooperation of the international community to pressure Pyongyang, but the efforts floundered on opposition from China.

    Meanwhile, South Korea remains the only major U.S. ally not to be exempt from new U.S. licensing requirements for goods produced using U.S.-origin software and technology because it is dragging its heels in joining sanctions against Russia.

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