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British government summons North Korea's ambassador over missile launch
February 14, 2017 / 4:44 PM / 9 months ago

British government summons North Korea's ambassador over missile launch

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has summoned North Korea’s ambassador to express its condemnation of the country’s weekend ballistic missile launch, the Foreign Office said on Tuesday.

DAY 23 / FEBRUARY 11: President Donald Trump said he would deal with North Korea "very strongly," after that country said it successfully test-fired a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile. KCNA/Handout via Reuters

North Korea said on Tuesday its missile launches were “self-defence measures”, rejecting U.N. Security Council criticism of the test. The United States has demanded international action against Pyongyang’s weapons programmes.

“We urge North Korea to stop its provocative actions, which threaten international peace and security, and instead re-engage with the international community, and take credible, concrete steps to prioritise the wellbeing of its own people instead of the nuclear and ballistic missile programmes,” a British Foreign Office spokeswoman said in a statement.

“The ambassador was asked to convey this message to Pyongyang in the strongest possible terms,” she added.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Stephen Addison

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