UN chief Antonio Guterres condemns N. Korea missile launch

Wednesday November 29 2017

Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres during a past event. He has condemned North Korea's latest missile test. FILE PHOTO | SAUL LOEB | AFP 

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday strongly condemned North Korea's latest missile test and urged Pyongyang to "desist taking any further destabilizing steps."

"This is a clear violation of Security Council resolutions and shows complete disregard for the united view of the international community," Guterres said in a statement.

North Korea earlier fired an intercontinental ballistic missile that the Japanese defence ministry said landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone.

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the latest launch and calls from the United States for more sanctions to be imposed on North Korea over its rogue behaviour.

Guterres said he was ready to work with all parties to reduce tensions.