The latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch by North Korea requires “significant measures,” according to the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialized nations on Sunday.
Following the most recent in a string of missile test launches this year, the United States has asked the Security Council to discuss North Korea at its meeting on Monday.
Pyongyang tested on Friday a ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland shortly after warning of “fiercer military responses” to Washington beefing up its security presence in the region.
The G7 statement said Friday’s test was a “reckless act” and “another blatant violation” of U.N. resolutions.
“The unprecedented series of unlawful ballistic missile launches conducted by (North Korea) in 2022 … pose a serious threat to regional and international peace and security,” the G7 statement said, adding that the country “cannot and will never have the status of a nuclear-weapon state”.