Ballistic missile test by North Korea

  • Statement

Australia strongly condemns North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile over Japanese territory – the first missile test to overfly Japan since 2017.

The test was a reckless and unacceptable act that threatens the security of our neighbours and partners and undermines the stability of the Indo-Pacific.

Pyongyang continues to show blatant disregard for multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions prohibiting its dangerous ballistic missile and weapons of mass destruction programs.

We continue to be gravely concerned by North Korea’s apparent readiness to undertake a seventh nuclear weapons test.

We urge North Korea to change course, abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and resume dialogue with the United States and the Republic of Korea.

Australia will continue to work with our allies and partners, including the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea to address the threats posed by North Korea.

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