Global, 25 August 2023 (TDI): The G7 powers on August 24, 2023, criticized North Korea’s recent launch of ballistic missile technology in space and emphasized its launch as a grave threat to global peace and security.

G7 foreign ministers regarded this launch by DPRK as an evident breach of numerous United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) in a joint statement with the European Union representative.

They also asserted that it presents a serious threat to both regional and global peace and security.

North Korea’s numerous ballistic missile launches despite several appeals by the international community demonstrate DPRK’s commitment to modernizing and expanding its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, the statement reiterated.

The G7 powers along with the EU representative again reiterated their demand that the DPRK halt its nuclear and WMD programs along with its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles manufacturing completely, in an irreversible manner, while completely complying with all the responsibilities outlined in the UNSCRs.

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The G7 foreign ministers further stated that DPRK’s conduct requires a quick, unified, and strong global reaction specifically from the UN Security Council.

Additionally, the DPRK will never attain the legal status of a nuclear-armed state under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Moreover, the G7 reclaimed their commitment to cooperating with relevant partners for global and regional peace, stability, and security.

DPRK’s recent ballistic missile launch:

On August 23, 2023, North Korea launched its second spy satellite, which failed due to a malfunction in the rocket’s emergency blasting system during the third stage of its flight.

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North Korea conducted its second launch months after its first spy satellite launch, which also failed.

However, it is still committed to conducting the launch again for the third time, most probably in October 2023.