Norway strongly condemns North Korea's repeated missile launches

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‘Norway strongly condemns the many missile launches by North Korea (DPRK), most recently on 2 and 3 November. Launching ballistic missiles is a violation of several UN Security Council resolutions and a threat to regional and international security,’ says Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt.

North Korea has an extensive missile programme. This year the DPRK has repeatedly launched both cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. Norway is deeply concerned about the consequences this could have for regional and international security.

‘I repeat our call to North Korea to refrain from unlawful and irresponsible weapons tests. The North Korean authorities have a particular responsibility for resuming political dialogue,’ says Huitfeldt.

Norway has on several occasions supported urgent UN Security Council meetings regarding the DPRK. Yesterday, Norway was among the countries that requested a new meeting of the Security Council to discuss the latest missile tests. The meeting will be held later today, broadcasted on the UN's website.

‘It is important that the international community reacts to actions that violates international law. Norway therefore joined several other members of the Security Council to request an open meeting to be held today,’ says Huitfeldt.