Statement by Margot Wallström regarding North Korea's latest missile launch

Sweden condemns North Korea's latest missile launch. Firing a second missile over Japanese territory is a very serious act that further escalates tensions. We share the concern that is felt in Japan and other countries in the region.

It is extremely important that the UN Security Council meets today. Unity in the Security Council is crucial to enable the international community to continue to respond vigorously and collectively. It is vital that all countries now fully implement the sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council.

North Korea should immediately fulfil its international obligations and begin phasing out its nuclear weapons and missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.