Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri (Photo: AP)
Egypt has expressed "grave concern" over a recent ballistic missile firing by North Korea, warning that the move will heighten tensions with neighbouring countries, the foreign ministry said late on Wednesday.
North Korea said it successfully tested a powerful new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Wednesday that put the entire US mainland within range of its nuclear weapons.
Egypt's foreign ministry warned that the development "would escalate the tension in the Korean Peninsula and neighbouring areas in an unprecedented manner."
It urged North Korea to respect the United Nation Security Council's resolutions in this regard, which impose sanctions over the country's ballistic missile and nuclear programmes.
The launch is the latest in a series of missile tests by North Korea defying world pressure to end its nuclear programme.
The United States warned Pyongyang Wednesday it would be “utterly destroyed” if war were to break out after the missile was fired.