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Conference on Disarmament: EU condemns latest nuclear test by DPRK

13/09/2016 - 00:00
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EU condemns latest nuclear test by DPRK

 

At the Conference of Disarmament, which currently holds its session in Geneva, the EU condemned today in the strongest terms the nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 9 September 2016. "The nuclear tests and the continued launches by the DPRK using ballistic missile technology constitute a grave violation of UN Security Council Resolutions, a direct threat to international peace and security and further aggravate tensions on the Korean peninsula," reads the statement delivered by the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva.

"The latest nuclear test is yet another direct violation of the country's international obligations not to produce or test nuclear weapons, as determined by multiple UN Security Council Resolutions. The path that the DPRK has to follow is clear and there is no alternative: the DPRK must abide by its obligations and abandon all its nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner. The European Union fully supports the international community's demand for the DPRK to return to compliance with the NPT and IAEA safeguards at an early date. Once again the DPRK’s irresponsible behavior underlines the necessity of universalisation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).  The European Union calls upon the DPRK, and all the other States that have not yet done so, to ratify the CTBT without further delay. We furthermore call on the DPRK to refrain from any action that further increases regional tensions and to re-engage in a credible and meaningful dialogue with the international community, in particular in the framework of the Six-Party Talks.

We look forward to the UN Security Council addressing the matter and take a firm and effective stand. We will closely coordinate our action with its decisions."

 

More statements by the EU at the Conference on Disarmament can be found here