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EU condemns North Korea's missile launch

EU condemns North Korea's missile launch Photo: EU strongly condemns the North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile (Getty Images)

The European Union unequivocally condemns the ballistic missile launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on January 14, according to the spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU, Nabila Massrali.

"The EU calls on the DPRK to cease all illegal actions that undermine international peace and security in its region and beyond," stated the press release.

The EU emphasized that the only path to sustainable peace and security on the Korean Peninsula is through North Korea engaging in dialogue with relevant parties and fulfilling its obligations as per the United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization and abandonment of its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

"The EU is ready to work with all partners in promoting a meaningful diplomatic process aimed at the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula," added Massrali.

North Korea's military activities

North Korea consistently asserts its "indisputable status as a nuclear state" and regularly conducts ballistic missile launches toward the East and Yellow Seas.

Earlier, the North Korean missile command tested a solid-fuel medium-range ballistic missile equipped with a hypersonic maneuverable guided warhead.

On January 5, North Korea fired approximately 200 artillery shells near two South Korean islands on the western border - Eocheongdo and Baengnyeongdo, leading to the evacuation of island residents. It continued to launch an additional 60 shells the following day.