G7 FMs deplore North Korea’s ballistic missile launch

Moscow: Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven countries on Tuesday strongly condemned North Korea’s recent launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, while calling again for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, according to their joint statement.
“We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, condemn in the strongest terms North Korea’s December 18 (local time) launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), following four previous ICBM launches this year as well as other launches using ballistic missile technology,” the G7 foreign ministers said in a statement.
They also reiterated their call for “the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” and demanded that Pyongyang give up all its nuclear weapons, nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and all other existing weapons of mass destruction “in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner” in line with UN Security Council resolutions.
“In this context, we are deeply concerned about the potential for any transfer of nuclear or ballistic missile-related technology to North Korea, which would further threaten the peace and stability of the region as well as across the globe, and seriously undermine the global non-proliferation regime,” the statement read.
On Monday, South Korean and Japanese media reported, citing their militaries, that North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile that fell into the Sea of Japan outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. The missile reportedly flew for 73 minutes at an altitude of more than 6,000 kilometers (3,728 miles) and traveled a distance of about 1,000 kilometers.

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