News / Asia

US, UK Concerned N. Korea Launches Endanger International Aviation

A view of a multiple rocket launcher during an exercise in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, July 15, 2014.
A view of a multiple rocket launcher during an exercise in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, July 15, 2014.
Sungwon Baik

The U.S. and Britain say they have joined other nations in voicing complaints over North Korea's recent string of missile launches, accusing Pyongyang of endangering international aviation.

State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed the U.S. joined other nations in co-signing a letter last week to the International Civil Aviation Organization [ICAO].

"North Korea's decision to conduct these launches without prior notice threatens the safety of international aviation and demonstrates North Korea's disregard for the rules and regulations of the organization," she said.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Britain's Foreign Office told VOA's Korean service via email that London is worried about the North’s “lack of proper prior notification of the launches.”

The ICAO is a specialized U.N. agency created by the Convention on International Civil Aviation, also known as the Chicago Convention.

During the past week, Pyongyang test-fired four missiles believed to be Scuds. The North Korean military also is believed to have fired about 100 artillery shells north of the Northern Limit Line, the de facto inter-Korean sea border.

Western countries and their allies say the North’s firing of short-range ballistic missiles is in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions banning such launches by Pyongyang.

Jee Abbey Lee contributed to this report and this report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Korean service.

You May Like

Multimedia US Defense Secretary: Iraqi Forces Lack 'Will to Fight'

Ash Carter criticizes Iraq's reaction to Islamic State; National Security Advisor Susan Rice echoed Carter's concerns in an interview on CBS More

Boko Haram Surrounds Havens With Land Mines

Chad and Cameroon say huge numbers of land mines planted by Boko Haram fighters along Cameroon's border with Nigeria are a danger to people, livestock and soldiers More

Women Peace Activists Cross Korean DMZ

Governments of Koreas give international delegation of women peace activists permission to pass through heavily fortified border, but some critics say symbolic crossing only benefits Pyongyang More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: meanbill from: USA
July 16, 2014 6:21 PM
CRAZY isn't it? ... The US and England accusations that North Korea threatens planes by firing missiles in it's airspace, and into the ocean?..... It's no wonder why Obama hasn't time to help solve the really important problems, at home or abroad, because he worries more about what the North Koreans are doing?.... Obama now ducks the important issues, and complex problems, and now takes a comedic approach, to all the worlds problems..... North Korea? .... REALLY?

NO country or airline in the world, would be crazy enough to fly an aircraft over North Korean airspace, or even near it.... Maybe the US and England can charge Kim Jong Un in the UN, of killing endangered birds with his rockets and missiles? .... or polluting the air?... or maybe Obama could give Kim Jong Un his "hot Line" phone number, and Kim can call him every time he fires a missile, rocket, or firecracker?..... (CRAZY isn't it?) ......Who cares what North Korea does?

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthroughi
X
May 22, 2015 10:23 AM
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Turkey's Main Opposition Party Hopes for Election Breakthrough

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party has sought an image change ahead of the June 7 general election. The move comes after suffering successive defeats at the hands of the Islamist-rooted AK Party, which has portrayed it as hostile to religion. Dorian Jones reports from the western city of Izmir.
Video

Video Europe Follows US Lead in Tackling ‘Conflict Minerals’

Metals mined from conflict zones in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo are often sold by warlords to buy weapons. This week European lawmakers voted to force manufacturers to prove that their supply chains are not inadvertently fueling conflicts and human rights abuses. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Class Tackles Questions of Race, Discrimination

Unrest in some U.S. cities is more than just a trending news item at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, it’s a focus of a multicultural studies class engaging students in wide-ranging discussions about racial tensions and police aggression.
Video

Video Mind-Controlled Prosthetics Are Getting Closer

Scientists and engineers are making substantial advances towards the ultimate goal in prosthetics – creation of limbs that can be controlled by the wearer’s mind. Thanks to sophisticated sensors capable of picking up the brain’s signals, an amputee in Iceland is literally bringing us one step closer to that goal. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Economy Sinks As Foreign Troops Depart

As international troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, and many foreign aid groups follow, Afghans are grappling with how the exodus will affect the country's fragile economy. Ayesha Tanzeem reports from the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Video

Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
Video

Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
Video

Video How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble considers the science of de-extinction and its place on the planet
Video

Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.

VOA Blogs