The Group of Seven (G7) stressed that the United Nations (UN) Security Council needs to take “significant measures” in response to the latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch by North Korea.
The Security Council will discuss North Korea in a meeting on Monday at the request of the US following the latest in a series of missile test launches this year.
“(North Korea’s) actions demand a united and robust response by the international community,” the ministers of the US, Japan, Canada, Germany, Britain, France, and Italy said on Sunday.
On Friday, Pyongyang tested a ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland shortly after warning of “fiercer military responses” to Washington beefing up its security presence in the region.
In response, the G7 described this move as a “reckless act” and “another blatant violation” of UN 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 statement read, adding that the country “cannot and will never have the status of a nuclear-weapon state”.