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Jakarta Post

Indonesia condemns North Korean missile launch

  • Tama Salim

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 29, 2017   /   12:18 pm
Indonesia condemns North Korean missile launch Mounting tensions: People watch a news program showing footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on Aug.29. Nuclear-armed North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean on Aug. 29, causing an escalation in tensions over its weapons ambitions. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)

The Foreign Ministry has issued a statement condemning North Korea’s launch of a missile, which flew over Japan early Tuesday, saying it had escalated tensions in the region.

“Indonesia condemns the missile test carried out by North Korea on Aug. 28, which passed though another country's airspace and was thus a dangerous flight path," the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

Pyongyang fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early Tuesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said.

The missile, which experts said appeared to have been a recently developed intermediate-range Hwasong-12, was the first instance in which Pyongyang had posed a clear and present danger to neighboring countries. The missile test came as US and South Korean forces are at odds with North Korea over military drills it has conducted on the Korean peninsula.

Underscoring the importance of stability in the region, Indonesia for the umpteenth time has called on all nations to contribute to the establishment of peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

The ministry also urged all parties to fully comply with their international responsibilities, which includes UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.

"The test was a clear violation of North Korea's responsibilities with regard to relevant UNSC resolutions, particularly Resolutions 2270 (2016), 2321 (2016), 2356 (2017) and 2371 (2017)," the ministry stated. (ebf)