The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General welcomes the adoption of today’s resolution 2270 (2016) in response to the recent nuclear test and launch using ballistic missile technology by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Today’s unanimous action by the Security Council has sent a clear message that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea must return to full compliance with its international obligations. The Secretary-General urges the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to abide by the resolution and calls upon all Member States to ensure its implementation.
This firm response by the Security Council should put an end to the cycle of provocation and lead to the resumption of dialogue in accordance with the unified view of the international community. The Secretary-General reaffirms his commitment to working with all sides to reduce tensions and achieve the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The Secretary-General reiterates the critical role of international assistance in safeguarding the lives of millions in the country. At the same time, the Secretary-General renews his call on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to do more for the lives of its people. Genuine improvement in human rights is a necessary basis for long-term security and stability.