The UN Security Council on Friday failed to agree on a joint declaration during its meeting on North Korea to discuss its launch of a hypersonic missile 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 statement, 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 seeking 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 the Donald Trump 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.
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