North Korea to allow UN to ensure safety of international flights

North Korea has agreed to allow the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to conduct on-site inspections to ensure the safety of international flights from North Korean missile launches.

An official with North Korea's General Administration of Civil Aviation gave the assurance when high-ranking ICAO representatives visited North Korea in May, ICAO officials said. The 192-member ICAO is now planning to send a team next year to verify what measures North Korea, which is a member of the group, has taken to keep unannounced missile launches in check as it pledged, they said.

The ICAO said North Korea had promised to suspend activities that represent a danger to civil aviation, including test firings of long-range missiles without prior notice. North Korea conducted numerous unannounced missile tests last year, posing an enormous threat to airplanes flying in the region. Inspections by the ICAO aim to ensure that member states comply with its regulations concerning the safety of international aviation.

Source: VOV5