Indonesia condemns North Korea’s missile test

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has condemned a missile test conducted by North Korea on Monday, August 28, 2017, noted a press statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia received by Antara here on Tuesday.

The Indonesian government strongly condemned the missile test conducted by North Korea, as it had trespassed into the airspace of another country and endangered the flight path of airliners.

The Government of Indonesia affirms that the missile test is contrary to North Korea's obligations to the UN Security Council resolutions, in particular resolutions 2270 and 2321 of 2016 and 2356 and 2371 of 2017.

Indonesia has urged North Korea to fulfill its international obligations, including implementing the UN Security Council resolutions.

Furthermore, the Indonesian government has reiterated that stability on the Korean peninsula is crucial. Hence, Indonesia has invited all countries to contribute to creating peace and stability in the region.

In addition, the government has encouraged all parties to exercise restraint and to not take any action that could further escalate tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered more solid-fuel rocket engines in an effort to realize his nuclear and missile programs amid the country's disputes with the US.

Earlier, Pyongyang's deputy ambassador to the UN had informed UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that North Korea's nuclear weapons program could not be negotiated as long as "the US' hostile policies and nuclear threats continue."

"As long as the US hostile policies and nuclear threats continue, North Korea will never put its own nuclear deterrent program at the negotiating table or retreat from the path of its own, the way to strengthen the country's nuclear power," the North Korean leader remarked during a telephonic conversation with Guterres.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Guterres said it was time to "defuse the rhetoric and encourage diplomacy" related to North Korea. He has also informed Russia, Japan, the US, China, North Korea, and South Korea of his willingness to help broker talks.

Source: Antara News

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