Latest DPRK nuclear test ‘yet another brazen breach’ of Security Council resolutions: UN chief
Sept.12, Geneva: Strongly condemning another underground nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call on the leadership of the country to reverse its course and commit to a path of denuclearization.
“This is yet another brazen breach of the resolutions of the Security Council,” underlined the Secretary-General, in his remarks to the press at the UN Headquarters.
“Rather than pursuing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technology, the DPRK should be promoting the well-being of the country’s people,” he added.
Mr. Ban further underlined that in recent years this was the fifth time that the country alone had defied the international norm against nuclear tests.
“This unacceptable act endangers peace and security in the region and is another vivid reminder of the urgent need to strengthen the global nuclear test ban regime,” he stressed.
Further calling on the Security Council to remain united and to take appropriate action, the UN chief highlighted the urgent need to “break this accelerating spiral of escalation.”
The Secretary-General also told the press that the UN is monitoring and assessing the developments related to the nuclear test in close coordination with concerned international organizations, including the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).
Latest tests a frightening, unfortunate and serious breach of international norms
Earlier today, speaking to UN Radio Lassina Zerbo, CTBTO Executive Secretary called the tests a frightening, unfortunate and serious breach of the norms adopted by the international community.
Furthermore, in a statement today, Mr. Zerbo said the latest nuclear test by DPRK “underlines, yet again the urgent need for the international community to act on putting in place a legally binding ban on nuclear testing once and for all.”
He urged DPRK to refrain from further nuclear testing, and to join the 183 States Parties who have signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).
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