On the North Korean Missile Launch

The United States strongly condemned today's missile launch by North Korea.  The launch represents yet another destabilizing and provocative action and is a flagrant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions.

In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said, "...This is the second time in just over a month that the D.P.R.K. has chosen to conduct a major provocation, threatening not only the security of the Korean peninsula, but that of the region and the United States as well. We reaffirm our ironclad commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan. We will continue to work with our partners and members of the UN Security Council on significant measures to hold the D.P.R.K. to account. Now is the time to do so in a firm and united way, with measures that make clear the determination of the international community to ‎address the pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities by the D.P.R.K. and this most recent destabilizing and unacceptable challenge to our common peace and security."

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice said, "...North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs represent serious threats to our interests -- including the security of some of our closest allies -- and undermine peace and security in the broader region.  We condemn today's launch and North Korea's determination to prioritize its missile and nuclear weapons programs over the well-being of its people, whose struggles only intensify with North Korea’s diversion of scarce resources to such destabilizing activities."

National Security Advisor Rice continued, "The United States is fully committed to the security of our allies in the region, and we will take all necessary steps to defend ourselves and our allies and respond to North Korean provocations. We call upon the international community to stand together and demonstrate to North Korea that its reckless actions must have serious consequences."
 
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A North Korean national flag flutters in the wind near its embassy in Beijing on January 6, 2016.
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February 6, 2016

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