European Union nations condemn NK missile test, urge meaningful talks with US

Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva

France's United Nations ambassador, Nicolas de Riviere, read out the statement that says the test "follows a series of short-range ballistic missile launches in the past week" and the envoys reiterate their "condemnation of these provocative actions". Afterward, they were joined by the other European members of the council Belgium and Poland - as well as Estonia, which will take a seat on the council in January - to express their "deep collective concern" about North Korea's behavior.

North Korea warned Monday it would not "sit idle" if any attempt is made at the UN Security Council to raise the subject of its "self-defensive measures", an apparent reference to its recent missile tests.

"The decision of the Security Council are clear: the DPRK is under the obligation to abandon its programs for the development of weapons of mass destruction and of ballistic missiles in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner", he said, using the abbreviation for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "It is vital that the Security Council upholds its resolutions".

Council sources say some of the participants at the meeting expressed hope that North Korea and the United States will resume working-level talks following the latest round last Saturday.

"International sanctions must remain in place and be fully and strictly enforced", they said in a statement read by French ambassador Nicolas Riviere. The working-level talks were broken off on Saturday after Pyongyang blamed Washington for inflexibility.

North Korea said in a statement on Sunday there was no way the United States would bring alternative plans for their stalled nuclear talks to another meeting proposed by Sweden in two weeks.

Three European countries - Britain, France and Germany - called for a closed door Security Council meeting Tuesday to discuss North Korea's test last week of a sea-launched missile, saying it was a "serious violation" of United Nations resolutions.



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