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U.N. Security Council urges North Korea to cancel planned nuclear test and return immediately to six-party talks

U.N. Security Council urges North Korea to cancel planned nuclear test and return immediately to six-party talks

The U.N. Security Council urged North Korea on Friday to cancel its planned nuclear test and return immediately to talks on scrapping its nuclear weapons program, warning that exploding a nuclear device would threaten international peace and security.
A statement adopted unanimously by the council and read at a formal meeting by the council president, Japan's U.N. Ambassador Kenzo Oshima, warned of unspecified council action if North Korea ignores international calls not to conduct a test.
The presidential statement, unlike a weaker press statement, becomes part of the Security Council's formal record.
Japan, which would be in close proximity to any North Korean nuclear test, proposed the initial text. Oshima had pressed to have it adopted before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe travels to Beijing on Sunday and Seoul on Monday with a message that the North should stop testing.
"We very clearly and strongly believe that to threaten conducting nuclear tests, or even worse, to conduct such tests ... would not help anybody including North Korea," Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said. "This message is very clearly conveyed in the useful presidential statement which we today adopted. ... Let's hope that things will cool off and that everybody will return to six-party talks."
The statement expresses the council's "deep concern" over North Korea's announcement Tuesday that it would conduct a nuclear test and urges the North not to carry it out, saying a test would not help the North address its concerns, especially strengthening its security.
It warns Pyongyang that a nuclear test would bring international condemnation, "jeopardize peace, stability and security in the region and beyond," and lead to further unspecified council action.
The council said it "deplores" the pursuit of nuclear weapons by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name which is referred to by its initials, the DPRK.
"The Security Council will be monitoring the situation closely," the statement says. "The Security Council stresses that a nuclear test, if carried out by the DPRK, would represent a clear threat to international peace and security and that should the DPRK ignore calls of the international community, the Security Council will act consistent with its responsibility under the Charter of the United Nations."
The statement also urges North Korea to return immediately to six-party talks on its nuclear program and work toward implementation of a September 2005 agreement in which the North pledged to give up its nuclear program in exchange for aid and security guarantees.
North Korea has boycotted the six-nation talks for a year, angered by American financial restrictions imposed because of the North's alleged illegal activities such as money laundering and counterfeiting.


Updated : 2021-08-04 11:23 GMT+08:00