UK Foreign Secretary condemns North Korea's missile launch

Britain has condemned North Korea for its missile test, said Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.
Britain has condemned North Korea for its missile test, said Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON - Britain has condemned North Korea for its missile test conducted on Sunday which it regards as "a threat to regional and international security'.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said this on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

"I strongly condemn North Korea's ballistic missile technology test," said Mr Hammond. "This is a clear and deliberate violation of a number of UN Security Council Resolutions. North Korea's actions continue to present a threat to regional and international security."

The Foreign Secretary said that in conducting this provocation, "North Korea has clearly demonstrated that it is intent on prioritising the development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes over improving the well-being of its own people," Mr Hammond stated.

He warned North Korea that the UN Security Council has unanimously agreed to take significant measures against any further launches or nuclear tests by Pyongyang. Mr Hammond said Britain will meet with its partners at the United Nations in New York to agree a collective response.