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Cambodia urges restraint after North Korea’s ballistic missile test

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Pedestrians walk under a large video screen showing images of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a news update in Tokyo on October 4, after the North launched a missile early in the day which prompted an evacuation alert when it flew over northeastern Japan. AFP

Cambodia urges restraint after North Korea’s ballistic missile test

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on October 4 urged North Korea to adhere to all relevant UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and international obligations after the nuclear-armed country conducted a ballistic missile test-launch.

In a statement, the ministry said the act is another violation of the UNSC resolutions and poses threats to regional security and stability. It also called on all parties to exercise the utmost restraint to prevent the situation from escalating.

“[Cambodia] calls on all concerned parties to … create an environment conducive to the early resumption of the Six-Party Talks to bring about a complete, verifiable, irreversible and peaceful denuclearisation of the Korea Peninsula,” it said.

According to the South Korean military, the North fired the missile over northeastern Japan on October 4, the first time in five years, prompting Tokyo to activate its missile alert system and issue evacuation warnings. The last time North Korea fired a missile over Japan was in 2017.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol deplored the launch as a "provocation", and vowed a "stern response".

UN chief Antonio Guterres condemned the test as "clearly an escalation", while US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida deplored it "in the strongest terms".

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