The launch using ballistic missile technology conducted earlier today by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is yet another outright and grave violation of its international obligations, as set out in several UN Security Council Resolutions. It follows the extremely serious and illegal nuclear test by the DPRK on 6 January. These actions represent a direct threat to international peace and security in the region and beyond, and they further aggravate tensions on the Korean Peninsula to the detriment of all.
The DPRK must comply with its international obligations and abandon its programmes to develop ballistic missiles, nuclear capabilities and weapons of mass destruction in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.
The DPRK must refrain from any action that could further increase regional tensions and I call once again for the DPRK to engage in a credible and meaningful dialogue with the international community, in particular in the framework of the Six-Party Talks.
The European Union is in close contact with all its partners and we will work with the UN Security Council, which will meet later today in an emergency session, to address this latest act.