US denounces N. Korea’s ballistic missile test

WASHIGNTON, March 16 (KUNA) — Spokesperson of the National Security Council (NSC) Adrienne Watson said the United States strongly condemns the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test. “This launch is a flagrant violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions,” she said in a White House statement on Thursday. “While US (Indo-Pacific Command) INDOPACOM has assessed it did not pose an immediate threat to US personnel, or territory, or to our allies, this launch needlessly raises tensions and risks destabilizing the security situation in the region,” Watson noted. “It only demonstrates that the DPRK continues to prioritize its unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs over the well-being of its people. “We urge all countries to condemn these violations and call on the DPRK to cease its destabilizing actions and engage in serious dialogue,” she stressed, noting that the national security team “is closely coordinating with our allies and partners.” The United States will take all necessary measures to ensure the security of the American homeland and Republic of Korea and Japanese allies, Watson added. (end)

Source: Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)