UN To Condemn North Korean Missile Launches

According to the United States Ambassador Samantha Power, the United Nations is to condemn the latest North Korean missile launches towards Japanese soil.

US Ambassador Samantha Power said during an emergency meeting that across the board “strong condemnations” from 15 council members had encouraged her that the missile launches would be condemned.

A few hours ago, South Korean and Japanese officials noted a signature of medium-range ballistic missiles fired on Wednesday. The missiles flew about 620 miles and had landed near Japan’s territorial waters.

It was the first time a missile had landed in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), extending about 200 nautical miles from the shore.

US Strategic Command confirmed that a second missile exploded immediately after it launched.

Britain’s deputy UN ambassador Peter Wilson said as he headed into the emergency council meeting they were concerned that it was the first time a North Korean missile had landed in Japan’s EEZ.

“Our objective in this meeting is to draw attention to that fact, but also to come together to very, very clearly condemn it,” he said.

After the meeting, Japan’s UN Ambassador Koro Bessho was heartened by the “many messages of solidarity” after his appeal to the council to be united and send a strong message to the world and especially to North Korea that its actions are “totally unacceptable”.