The foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) countries condemned, on Sunday, in the “strongest terms” North Korea’s recent launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan.
They also called, in a statement posted on the British government’s website, to the international community for a “firm and unified response” against Pyongyang over its ballistic missile launches.
“We, the foreign ministers of the G7 countries Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain, the United States and the High Representative of the European Union condemn in the strongest terms North Korea’s brazen launch of an ICBM on November 18, 2022,” the ministers said in the statement.
The statement added: “The launch of this missile is another flagrant violation by North Korea of United Nations Security Council resolutions.”
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“This reckless act, along with evidence of ongoing nuclear activities, confirms North Korea’s determination to develop and diversify its nuclear weapons and missile capabilities, and further destabilizes the region,” he added.
“North Korea’s unprecedented series of illegal ballistic missile launches in 2022, including multiple launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles and one medium-range ballistic missile that recklessly flew over Japan, seriously threaten international and regional peace and security and undermine the global non-proliferation regime,” the statement said. “.
“North Korea’s actions require a firm and unified response from the international community, including the need for further significant action by the United Nations Security Council,” the foreign ministers’ statement said.
The statement called on “all countries to fully and effectively implement all UN Security Council sanctions and measures against North Korea and to address the threat of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction from North Korea as an urgent priority.”
“The G7 expresses its full solidarity with Japan and South Korea and urges North Korea to stop its destabilizing actions,” the statement said.
He continued, “We also urge North Korea to resume meaningful dialogue on denuclearization and support the repeated proposals for dialogue by the United States, Japan and South Korea.”