Russia condemns North Korea’s missile test – On September 16, 2017, Russia denounced the latest North Korean missile tests crossing the Japanese sky, while Russia also criticized the aggressive rhetoric of President Donald Trump in the nuclear weapons crisis, as quoted by the Independent on September 16, 2017.
Russia through its Foreign Ministry denounced North Korea’s testing as illegal.
The missile is known to be a mid-range Hwasong-12 missile, capable of traveling a distance of 3,700 kilometers and can reach a maximum altitude of 770 kilometers.
It is said that North Korea’s latest missile test is one of a series of unacceptable provocations, and the UN security council must agree that it should not happen.
Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman in front of journalists, responded after North Korea test-fired a missile flying over the Japanese sky, right in northern Hokkaido, and crashed into the Pacific Ocean, creating new tensions.
It is said Peskov, “Russia is concerned about provocative missile launch actions and could trigger further tensions, which is unacceptable”
Peskov said that President Vladimir Putin is expected to attend Zapad-2017 military exercises on Monday and will observe a war game from a command center near St Petersburg.
The war games have caused anxiety in some countries because Russian troops and military hardware will be trained in Belarus, Russia’s allies bordering Ukraine and also NATO member states Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.
Peskov said that Putin had made a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday. But He gave no further details.
China’s foreign ministry also issued a similar statement, denouncing North Korea’s latest missile launch and asking all concerned parties to dialogue to ease the tension.
Hua Chunying, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, told reporters that the situation on the Korean peninsula after the launch of ballistic missile tests remains “complex, sensitive and worrying.”
China urged all parties to avoid actions that could fuel the situation, adding that China is not the key to resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis.
Hua disclosed, “The urgent thing now is that all parties should immediately stop their harmful and provocative actions and statements that can increase tension.”