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Men walk past a TV broadcasting a news report on North Korea firing a ballistic missile off its east coast, at Seoul, South Korea, on November 3, 2022. — Picture by REUTERS/HEO RAN

US, French leaders condemn North Korea’s missile tests

WASHINGTON, Dec 2 — United States President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron strongly condemned North Korea’s recent ballistic missile tests on Thursday, calling them a threat to regional peace and stability.

The leaders also agreed to continue working together at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to hold North Korea accountable, Yonhap news agency reported, quoting a joint statement issued following their bilateral summit here in Washington.

“Both leaders also strongly condemn North Korea’s unprecedented number of unlawful ballistic missile tests this year that violate multiple UNSC resolutions and pose a threat to regional peace and stability, and are committed to continue coordination at the UNSC to address North Korea violations,” said the released statement.

The joint condemnation follows a recent series of North Korean missile tests.

Pyongyang has fired 63 ballistic missiles this year, including more than 30 ballistic missiles launched since September 25.

The US sought to impose additional UNSC sanctions on North Korea for its missile provocations that included 10 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests, but all 10 UNSC meetings held this year on North Korea have been blocked by China and Russia, both veto-wielding permanent members of the UNSC.

— Bernama

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