France condemns fresh missile tests by N. Korea

PARIS, The French Foreign Ministry on Friday condemned the latest battery of North Korean missile tests a day earlier in violation of UN Security Council resolutions and in defiance of international pressure on this issue. Already on May 4, Paris expressed condemnation and concern over a series of short-range missile tests by Pyongyang and urged North Korea to respect the Security Council resolutions and resume talks on denuclearisation.

North Korea ignored those and other pleas and carried out a series of longer-range missile tests on Thursday, further hampering talks with the US on dismantling its nuclear and ballistic programmes.

North Korea engaged to disarm in exchange for economic aid and a lifting of sanctions, as well as some military concessions from the US and South Korea.

The tests “bring harm to regional and international security and stability,” the French Foreign Ministry said in its statement Friday, urging once again North Korea to get into conformity with UNSC resolutions, which call for a total halt to any provocation and to ballistic missile programmes.

North Korea has also developed nuclear weapons and has tested several devices. It claims, moreover, to have technology to develop and produce an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), capable of reaching the United States, although experts are dubious about this claim.

“France calls on North Korea to resume as quickly as possible the dialogue with the United States on denuclearisation and to commit rapidly to a process of complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of its programmes of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all rangers, as well as associated programmes,” Paris indicated.

The statement affirmed that this undertaking is “a condition for lasting peace in the region.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency