SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – The parliamentary committee on foreign affairs unanimously adopted a resolution on Monday, condemning North Korea’s defiant launch of a long-range missile a day earlier.
On Sunday, North Korea lifted off what it claimed to be a rocket carrying a satellite in defiance of a series of United Nations’ resolutions which prohibit the communist country from ballistic missile and nuclear activity.
South Korea and the international community immediately denounced the Sunday launch as a cover for North Korea to test its ballistic missile technology.
“North Korea’s launch of the long-range missile, which came on the heels of its fourth nuclear test, is a clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions,” the parliamentary resolution said.
“We define the launch as a reckless provocation that threatens the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula and the international society and strongly denounce it,” according to the resolution.
The latest missile launch will further aggravate the isolation North Korea is facing and the communist regime will be solely to blame for the consequences to follow the launch, the resolution said, also calling on the country to discard its nuclear and missile programs.
On the part of South Korea, the government should devise “strong and effective” sanctions on North Korea as well as muster every effort to revive talks with North Korea on pending issues, the resolution also showed.
“The National Assembly vows never to tolerate North Korea’s provocative acts and it will make non-partisan cooperation in creating countermeasures,” it said.