Europe, North America in North Korean missile range, warns NATO chief

Jens Stoltenberg urges all UN members to fully and transparently implement sanctions against North Korea

October 31, 2017
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speakes during the joint remarks announcement with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, October 31, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO: North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) chief Jens Stoltenberg urged all United Nation members on Tuesday to fully and transparently implement sanctions against North Korea, which he said has emerged as a global threat able to fire ballistic missiles as far as Europe and North America.

"North Korea's ballistic and nuclear tests are an affront to the United Nations Security Council," Nato Secretary General Stoltenberg said in a joint announcement in Tokyo, where he met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"They pose a global threat which requires a global response," Stoltenberg said. Pyongyang has undertaken an unprecedented missile testing programme in recent months, as well as its biggest nuclear test yet in early September.

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Stoltenberg's trip to Tokyo comes ahead of US President Donald Trump's first official visit to Asia, which starts in Japan on Sunday. Talks about North Korea are expected to dominate a trip that will include a stop in Beijing, where Trump is expected to pressure China's leadership to act more decisively against Pyongyang.

China is North Korea's major ally and trading partner.

"Rather than dialogue it is necessary to cause North Korea to change policies by raising the pressure to the maximum," Abe said in a joint announcement with Stoltenberg.

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Trump has warned North Korea it would be totally destroyed if it threatened the United States with ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons.

North Korea stoked tensions last week when it reiterated a threat to conduct an atmospheric nuclear test over the Pacific Ocean in a demonstration of its nuclear capability.


Rex Minor | 3 years ago | Reply North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) chief Jens Stoltenberg The guy is the civilian secretary General and not the chief of NATO. He has been acting as a butler of Donald Trump, said a senior member of the German socialist party. Besides, Japan is not the member of NATO. He should better pay for his far-east travels Rex Minor
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