Yonhap News Agency, Bangkok, November 18 (Xinhua) — South Korea, the U.S., Japan, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (ROK), the heads of state of Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, condemned North Korea's yet another launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit held in Bangkok, Thailand on the 18th.
As North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile at about 10:15 a.m. that day, South Korean Prime Minister Han Deok-soo, US Vice President Kamala Harris, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adler Well, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met at the Queen Sirikit International Conference Center, the venue of APEC, at 12:30 p.m. that day.
Han Deok-soo said in his opening remarks that North Korea launched missiles at an unprecedented rate this year. The launch of long-range missiles that day once again violated multiple UN Security Council resolutions and posed a serious threat to the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula, Asia and the world. We strongly condemn this illegal act. The international community will never tolerate it and should unite and resolutely respond. Han also said Pyongyang needed to realize that any provocation would only exacerbate its external isolation and internal economic woes.
Harris asked the DPRK to stop illegal and destabilizing actions, and emphasized that the United States has a rock-solid security commitment to its Indo-Pacific allies. Kishida Fumio said that North Korea has launched more than 50 ballistic missiles this year, and the launch heights are unprecedentedly high. Japan and participating countries strongly condemn North Korea's missile behavior. (Finish)
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