India has called for “dialogue and diplomacy” amid criticism of North Korea’s latest ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) launch. At the UN, New Delhi reiterated its continued support for denuclearisation towards peace and security in the Korean peninsula and asserted that it’s in the “collective interest”.
“We have in the past expressed our concern at the recent ballistic missile launches by the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) and we have now noted reports of another ICBM launch on November 2. These follow launches last month following which the (UN) Security Council had met,” Ruchira Kamboj, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said in her address.
“These launches constitute violations of the resolutions of the Security Council, relating to the DPRK. They affect the peace and security of the region and beyond. India calls for the full implementation of the UNSC resolution, relating to the DPRK.
“At the same, we would like to reiterate the proliferation of nuclear and missile technology relating to our region. Proliferation of nuclear and missile technologies is a matter of concern, and they have an adverse impact on peace and security in the region, including on India,” she further stressed.”
South Korea reportedly scrambled stealth jets after it detected the mobilisation of 180 North Korean warplanes and a record-breaking blitz of missile tests by Pyongyang this week, news agency AFP reported.