Statement by Foreign Minister Gabriel on North Korea’s missile test
Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement today (4 July):
North Korea tested another ballistic missile today. According to its own reports, this was its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). That would led a new dimension to the threat posed by North Korea to peace and security. Regardless of the missile’s range, in launching the missile the regime in Pyongyang has once again violated Security Council resolutions, despite clear warnings by the international community. I condemn this illegal action by North Korea in the strongest and most categorical terms.
The international community will continue to demand that North Korea halt these provocations and comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions. To this end, it must immediately refrain from all further nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches and end the related programmes.
Germany and its partners will urge that the sanctions against the regime be implemented efficiently and consistently. North Korea must reach out to the international community without delay and return to the negotiating table.