TILLERSON ON NORTH KOREA: RUSSIA AND CHINA MUST TAKE 'DIRECT ACTION' OVER MISSILE LAUNCH




İrem Uzun –TDO- Japan called for an emergency meeting of the UN security council after Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile over Japanese territory for the second time in just over a fortnight. The missile, thought to be intermediate-range, flew further than any missile tested by the regime, triggering emergency sirens and text alerts minutes before it passed over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on Friday morning.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday called for the international community to take “new measures” against North Korea and urged China and Russia to take direct action in response to Pyongyang’s latest missile. In his statement, Tillerson said "China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own”. He said China supplies North Korea with most of its oil and Russia is the largest employer of North Korean forced labor.

Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, called the launch “absolutely unacceptable”. He said the recent UN resolution banning North Korean textile exports and capping the supply of oil to the country “showed the international community’s unified strong will for a peaceful solution. But despite that, North Korea has again carried out this outrageous conduct.

The US defence secretary, James Mattis, said North Korea’s latest “reckless act” had “put millions of Japanese in duck and cover”. About a possible US military response, Mattis said that he didn't want to talk on that.

The Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Beijing objected to North Korea’s latest launch but believed diplomacy was the only way to solve the “complicated, sensitive and grim” problem. He said “China is not the focus. China is not the driving force behind the escalating situation. And China is not the key to resolving the issue”.