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Ukraine condemns launch of ballistic missile by North Korea

Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that Ukraine condemns the launch of a ballistic missile conducted by North Korea (DPRK) on February 12, 2017.

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Ukraine's Foreign Ministry calls on North Korea to renew its dialogue with the IAEA / Photo from UNIAN

"Such action by Pyongyang is a direct violation of the UN Security Council resolutions, including resolution 2321 (2016), adopted in November 2016," the ministry said in a statement.

North Korea tests ballistic missile; U.S. to avoid escalationThe launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea could lead not only to additional escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula but also to further aggravation of the security situation in the world, it said.

Ukraine as a country that has voluntarily dismantled its own nuclear arsenal and strictly abides by the nuclear non-proliferation principles will use every possible leverage in its capacity of a non-permanent member of the Security Council to bring North Korea back within the international legal framework.

"We urge the DPRK's leadership to stop provocations by the ballistic missiles launches and nuclear tests and to renew its dialogue with the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency]," it said.

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