The UN Security Council on Friday failed to agree on a joint declaration during its meeting on North Korea to discuss its hypersonic missile launch, after a new missile test announced Thursday.
“On September 30, the DPRK conducted a test launch of a newly developed surface-to-air missile,” the North’s official news agency said Friday.
She added that the experience “made it possible to verify the remarkable combat performance of the missile… with the introduction of new important technologies” on it.
The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published a photo of the missile after it was launched, rising into the sky.
The Security Council did not reach a joint declaration during its emergency meeting Friday, which lasted about an hour and a half, and came at a request from Washington, Paris and London regarding a previous test announced by North Korea, during which it confirmed that it had successfully tested a glide hypersonic missile.
“France wanted to issue a press release, but Russia and China considered the time was not right and they needed more time to analyze the situation,” a diplomat told AFP.
With his latest actions, Kim Jong-un is trying to “test Washington’s pulse” and its “ability to withstand” provocations, Su Kim of the RAND Corporation told AFP.
“He may want to see how far he can go until the Biden administration starts to respond,” she added.
In 2017, at the initiative of Donald Trump’s administration, the Security Council adopted severe economic sanctions against North Korea after its nuclear and missile tests.
Since the Joe Biden administration took power, France has adopted a confrontational approach and demanded a closed-door meeting of the Security Council when Pyongyang conducted a missile test.
On October 27, shortly after the launch of the missile that North Korea said was hypersonic, its ambassador to the United Nations, Kim Sung, assured the annual General Assembly that his country had a “legitimate right” to test weapons and “enhance its defense capabilities.”
But US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warned that North Korea’s missile tests contribute to instability and security.
“We are concerned about these repeated violations of Security Council resolutions, which lead to further instability and security,” Blinken said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday rejected the United States’ offer of dialogue, accusing President Joe Biden of continuing the “hostile acts” of his predecessors, which Washington immediately denied.
The United States says it is currently unable to confirm whether the North Korean missile is hypersonic, which would be a major technical advance, as these missiles can reach supersonic speeds of at least five times.
“We are evaluating and analyzing the experiments to understand exactly what they did, and the technology they used,” the US Secretary of State said.
Scholar Ahn Chan-il, who previously defected from North Korea, said that with Thursday’s test, Pyongyang is seeking to take pride in what it is doing and prove its “presence on the international stage”.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in recently reiterated his calls to officially declare the end of the Korean War. Although hostilities ceased in 1953, the two sides signed an armistice rather than a formal peace treaty.
With repeated missile launches, Ahn Chan-il said, Pyongyang is seeking “to gain time and try to make the best possible use of Seoul’s proposal to declare the end of the war and Washington’s offer of dialogue without preconditions.”
The Biden administration has repeatedly said it is ready to resume talks without preconditions while demanding that North Korea end harsh sanctions imposed on it.
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