Six countries call on North Korea to refrain from any destabilizing activities

The United States, Albania, France, Ireland, Japan and Britain on Monday called on North Korea to "refrain from any new destabilizing activities" after it tested a hypersonic missile last week.

"We call on North Korea to refrain from any new destabilizing actions, to abandon its prohibited weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs and to engage in constructive dialogue around our shared goal of complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula, said US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield.

The US diplomat, who read the joint statement between the six countries before the start of a closed session of the Security Council on North Korea's latest missile test, added that "these activities increase the risks of error and escalation and pose a major threat to regional stability."

The ambassador stressed that "North Korea should now turn to dialogue and peace rather than its program of illegal armaments and threats."

"Each missile launch serves not only to enhance North Korea's capabilities, but also to expand the range of weapons available for export to its customers and illegal arms dealers around the world," she said.

The Security Council session came at the request of five of its members: the United States, Albania, France, Britain and Ireland.

According to diplomats, a joint declaration is not expected at the end of the meeting, as Russia and China are no longer in harmony with the West on North Korea since the unanimous adoption of a series of economic sanctions against Pyongyang in 2017.

And the North's official news agency reported Thursday that the missile, which was launched on Wednesday, January 5, carried a "hypersonic warhead... that accurately hit a target 700 kilometers away."

Pyongyang says it needs its military arsenal to defend itself against a possible US invasion.

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