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Taiwan urges North Korea to stop harming regional peace

2017/08/06 15:13:25

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Taipei, Aug. 6 (CNA) Following the United Nations' recent imposition of sanctions on North Korea for its continued testing of inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBM), Taiwan on Sunday urged the North Asian country to stop any and all actions harmful to regional peace.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Eleanor Wang (王珮玲) made the call, reiterating the Republic of China government's consistent stance of criticizing Pyongyang for its provocative missile tests in the region.

The Republic of China pays close attentions to affairs on the Korean Peninsula, Wang said.

North Korea launched a "Hwasong-12" intermediate-range ballistic missile at 10:41 p.m. on July 28 from Mupyong-ni in Chagang province in the direction of the Sea of Japan, in its latest missile test that comes just weeks after the first test of the system on July 4.

The missile flew a distance of 998 kilometers, before falling into the sea within Japan's economic sea area, according to the ministry.

The ROC government strongly condemned North Korea's first test as detrimental to regional stability. "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains that position," Wang said.

"The ROC government urges the North Korean authorities to meet the expectations and demands of the international community and adhere to the UN Security Council's relevant resolutions, stopping forthwith any actions that damage regional peace," Wang said.

The ROC asked Pyongyang to join regional efforts to defend peace, stability and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and in the East Asian region, she added.

The UN Security Council passed Saturday a resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea for its continued ICBM testing and violation of UN resolutions.

One of the sanctions targets North Korea's US$1 billion in annual foreign exchange earnings, the ministry said.

(By Scarlett Chai and Elizabeth Hsu)