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Di Maio, other G7 foreign ministers condemn North Korea's ICBM test

25 marzo 2022 | 18.17
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Italy's top diplomat Luigi Di Maio was a signatory of a statement on Friday by G7 foreign ministers that "strongly condemned" North Korea's latest test of a banned long-range missile described as a 'monster missile' by analysts.

"We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union strongly condemn the continued testing of ballistic missiles by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), including the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) launch conducted on March 24, 202," read the statement.

"These acts...are in blatant violation of the DPRK´s obligations under numerous UN Security Council resolutions including resolution 2397 (2017)," the statement said.

"These reckless actions threaten regional and international peace and security, pose a dangerous and unpredictable risk to international civil aviation and maritime navigation in the region and demand a united response by the international community, including by further measures to be taken by the UN Security Council."

The statement called on North Korea "to accept the repeated offers of dialogue" made by the international community, notably the US, South Korea and Japan, and urged the country to end "its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes".

North Korea has launched a flurry of missile tests in recent weeks and on Thursday launched a missile that appeared to be newer and more powerful than the one it fired in 2017, reaching an altitude of more than 6,000km (3,730 miles), according to Japanese officials.

ICBMs, which are designed to deliver nuclear warheads, could extend North Korea's strike range as far as the US mainland.

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