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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

Mystery Shrouds Over Foreign Ministry Statement On North Korea Missile

Colombo, 03 August, (Asiantribune.com):

President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered for an investigation into a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the ‘firing of a ballistic missile of intercontinental range by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ( North Korea), on 29 July.

The Ministry’s statement had condemned the missile launch and “the series of similar hostile attacks by DPRK in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions”.

Co-cabinet spokesperson, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Rajitha Senaratne addressing the Cabinet media briefing yesterday explained that when the President had questioned both the Foreign Minister and Prime Minister over the statement, they had informed him that they were unaware of it and had not approved it. “So, the question is whose idea was it and how was it released to the media."

This is the first time the Sri Lankan government has issued a statement condemning North Korea.

Sri Lanka condemned the firing of a ballistic missile of intercontinental range by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 28 July and the series of recent similar hostile acts by DPRK in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions during the weekend.

The strongly worded statement had also called on DPRK to “refrain from such hostile acts and programmes, in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions, which impact adversely on the stability of the region and beyond”.

"In the interest of peace and security of all concerned, we urge the DPRK to refrain from such hostile actions and programmes, in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions, which impact adversely on the stability in the region and beyond," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in the media release.

The statement had further added: “The international community must unite in words and deeds to seek solutions to this grave situation which is an ever increasing threat to international peace and security”.

- Asian Tribune -

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