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Non-proliferation/Democratic People's Republic of Korea - Security Council, 9287th Meeting
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Non-proliferation/Democratic People's Republic of Korea - 9287th meeting

While urging one another to end their five-year impasse and unite to counter the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s repeated launchings of ballistic missiles, Security Council members argued over the best approach to accomplish that, as a senior United Nations official briefed the 15-nation organ on Pyongyang’s latest round of projectiles.

Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas, Departments for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, emphasized that “the situation on the Korean Peninsula continues to head in the wrong direction”, as he briefed Council members on the most recent launches and informed them that Pyongyang has carried out 14 launches of ballistic missiles in 2023 after sending out 70 launches that used ballistic-missile technology in 2022.

In the ensuing debate, Council members chided each other for their prolonged inaction which has led to monthly meetings and has eroded the Council’s credibility as a guarantor of international peace and security.

The meeting began at 10:28 a.m. and ended at 12:12 p.m.