Europeans urge strict sanctions enforcement on North Korea

UN meets on North Korea missile test which Europeans condemn

(LEAD) EU nations condemn NK missile test, urge meaningful talks with US

France's United Nations ambassador, Nicolas de Riviere, read out the statement that says the test "follows a series of short-range ballistic missile launches in the past week" and the envoys reiterate their "condemnation of these provocative actions". The discussion was requested by Germany, Britain and France.

North Korean Ambassador to the U.N. Kim Song had warned the US and the three nations that requested the meeting - Britain, France and Germany - that discussing the North's "self-defensive measures" will "further urge our desire to defend our sovereignty".

In their statement, the Europeans said France, Germany and Britain had asked for the Security Council meeting "because of our deep collective concern" about last week's missile launch.

The missile launch was the most provocative move by North Korea since it resumed a dialogue with the United States in 2018 and followed a string of other missile tests over the past few months. U.N. Security Council resolutions ban Pyongyang from using ballistic missile technology.

The SLBM test came Wednesday before North Korean and USA officials resumed working-level negotiations on denuclearizing the regime at a meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday.

"We are going to go to the consultations room and.be briefed on what happened", South Africa's United Nations ambassador Jerry Matjila, who holds the Security Council presidency for the month of October, told reporters. "Global sanctions must remain in place and be fully and strictly enforced".

North Korea and the U.S. had held working-level talks in Stockholm last week which fell through. It warned that it would wait only until the end of the year for the United States to change course.

European members of the UN Security Council called Tuesday for the strict enforcement of global sanctions against North Korea, after a closed door meeting prompted by Pyongyang's latest missile test.

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