PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia condemns the recent ballistic missile launched by North Korea, including the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile last Saturday (Feb 18).
The Foreign Ministry (Wisma Putra) said in a statement that Malaysia profoundly regrets the incident, which constitutes a grave threat to global peace and security.
“Such actions by North Korea only increase regional tension further and hinder the prospects for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
“Malaysia strongly urges North Korea to refrain from any further provocative and illegal acts, abide by its obligations under relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and its international commitments, and immediately cease its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.
“It is also imperative for the parties concerned to resume dialogue to achieve the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,” said the ministry in it’s statement.
It was reported that North Korea test-fired the Hwasong-15 ICBM on Saturday, with the launch carried out from Pyongyang International Airport.
The Hwasong-15 missile reached a maximum altitude of 5,768 kilometres (3,584 miles), covering a distance of 989 kilometres, according to a news report. – Bernama