China and Russia should tell North Korea to avoid more “provocations” after it resumed intercontinental ballistic missile tests this week, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter said on Friday.
“China and Russia should send a strong message to (North Korea) to avoid further provocation,” Porter told a regular news briefing ahead of a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the launch on Friday.
North Korea said it launched a large new ICBM on Friday, a test its leader Kim Jong Un said was designed to demonstrate the strength of its nuclear power and deter any U.S. military movement. It is the first full ICBM test of the nuclear -armed nation since 2017.
Referring to North Korea by the initials of its official name, Porter called the launch a “rude” violation of a UN Security Council resolution.
“We urge all countries to hold the DPRK accountable for the violations and we also call on the DPRK to come to the table for serious negotiations,” he said.
He said he could not comment on the position China and Russia might take in the Security Council, but added:
“We are in the early stages of negotiating on this issue. There are developments that should concern all countries, especially countries that share borders with the DPRK. The DPRK’s decision to return to ICBM testing is a clear improvement.”
North Korea’s last ICBM launch in 2017 prompted UN Security Council sanctions, but the United States and its allies are at odds with Russia and China over the Ukraine war, making such a response more difficult.
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