UN calls on DPRK to stop further ballistic missile testing

Huang Panyue

UNITED NATIONS, May 22 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations on Monday called on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to stop further ballistic missile testing activities.

"We call on the DPRK to stop further testing and allow space to explore the resumption of meeting for dialogue," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN secretary-general, at a daily briefing.

On Sunday, the DPRK test-fired another medium-range ballistic missile, which was the second time it conducted such missile launch within one week. The missile is capable of striking targets 500 km away.

Dujarric said the DPRK is "openly defying" Security Council resolutions with its accelerated ballistic missile testing activities.

"These actions threaten regional and international security," he added.

In response to the missile test, the UN Security Council plans to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

According to previous Security Council resolutions, the DPRK is banned from conducting any launches that use ballistic missile technology, nuclear tests or any other provocation.

To that end, the council has imposed tough sanction measures on the DPRK, which includes banning the sale and transfer of coal, iron and ore from the country.

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