According to Reuters, North Korea said on Friday, March 25, that it launched a big new intercontinental ballistic missile this week. It claimed the move was to show the strength of its nuclear force and hamper any US military moves. This was the nuclear-armed country’s first full intercontinental ballistic missile test since 2017.
In response, the US urges Russia and China to warn North Korea.
In a news briefing on Friday, March 25, State Department spokesperson Jalina Porter said, “China and Russia should send a strong message to (North Korea) to refrain from additional provocations.”
She gave the comments before a United Nations Security Council meeting later that day to discuss the launch.
Potter said the move was a “brazen” violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
The spokeswoman said, “We urge all countries to hold the DPRK accountable for such violations, and we also call on the DPRK to come to the table for serious negotiations.”
When asked about the potential dilemma at the Security Council in terms of sanctioning North Korea, considering China and Russia’s moves on the Ukraine war, the spokeswoman said, “We are in the early stages of consulting on this issue. There have been developments that should be of concern to all countries, particularly those who share a border with the DPRK. The DPRK’s decision to return to ICBM tests is a clear escalation.”