Expressing serious concern, Ban urges DPR Korea to reconsider planned rocket launch

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe (file photo)

4 December 2012 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “seriously concerned” about the announcement of a planned rocket launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and “strongly urges” it to reconsider its decision, according to his spokesperson.

“Any such launch would constitute a clear violation of Security Council resolution 1874, in which the Council demanded that the DPRK not conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology,” the spokesperson said in a note to correspondents today. “Such a launch would also heighten tension in the region.”

According to media reports, the DPRK's state news agency on Saturday announced the decision to launch another space satellite, sometime between 10 December and 22 December. A similar attempt in April was unsuccessful.

“The Secretary-General strongly urges the DPRK to reconsider its decision and to suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile programme,” Mr. Ban's spokesperson said. “He further calls upon the DPRK to re-establish its moratorium on missile launches, as required by the Security Council.”

The spokesperson added that the UN chief renews his call on the DPRK authorities to work towards building confidence with neighbouring countries and improving the life of its people.

“He reaffirms his commitment to working for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and helping the people in the DPRK,” he said.


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