Tekeda Alemu, Ethiopian Ambassador to the United Nations and the President of UN Security Council for the Month of September, addresses a press encounter after UN Security Council closed-door consultations at the UN headquarters in New York, on Sept. 15, 2017. The UN Security Council on Friday condemned "the highly provocative launch of a ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)" and expressed commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the crisis. (Xinhua/Li Rui)
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Friday condemned "the highly provocative launch of a ballistic missile" by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and expressed commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the crisis.
In a press statement released after closed-door consultations, the 15 members of the council urged all UN member states to "fully, comprehensively and immediately" implement all relevant Security Council resolutions concerning the DPRK, particularly the newly adopted Resolution 2375, which targeted the DPRK's oil supply and textile exports.
"The Security Council also emphasized the vital importance of the DPRK immediately showing sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tension on the Korean Peinsula," said Tekeda Alemu, president of the Security Council, in a readout of the press statement.
The council members stressed the importance of maintaining peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia at large, and welcomed efforts by council members as well as other states to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive settlement of the crisis through dialogue, said Alemu, the Ethiopian ambassador to the United Nations.
The launch, which violates Security Council resolutions, came just days after the council imposed fresh sanctions on the DPRK over its nuclear test on Sept. 3.