NATO condemns DPRK's latest ballistic missile tests

Zhang Tao

BRUSSELS, March 6 (Xinhua) -- NATO on Monday strongly condemned the most recent reported ballistic missile tests conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

In a statement, NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu reasserted NATO's stance that these missile tests are in direct violation of a series of United Nations Security Council Resolutions which require DPRK to cease all activities related to its ballistic missile programs and to abandon all existing weapons of mass destruction programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.

She urged the DPRK "to re-engage in meaningful dialogue with the international community."

The DPRK test-fired four ballistic missiles into east waters early Monday as combined forces of South Korea and the United States launched their joint military exercises last week, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of South Korea said.

The JCS was quoted by local media as saying that four ballistic missiles of an unidentified type were fired from an area near Tongchanri-ri in the DPRK's northwest region at about 7:36 a.m. local time (2236 GMT on Sunday).

The missiles flew about 1,000 km into the eastern waters.

DPRK has not made any comment on the missile launch yet.

On Feb. 12, the DPRK also test-fired a new type of Pukguksong-2 intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM).


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