New York, 12 February 2013 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
The Secretary-General condemns the underground nuclear weapon test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today. It is a clear and grave violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions.
It is deplorable that Pyongyang defied the strong and unequivocal call from the international community to refrain from any further provocative measures. The Secretary-General had repeatedly called on the new leadership in Pyongyang to address international concerns and start building confidence with neighbouring countries and the international community.
The Secretary-General is gravely concerned about the negative impact of this deeply destabilizing act on regional stability as well as the global efforts for nuclear non-proliferation. He once again urges the DPRK to reverse course and work towards de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
The Secretary-General is confident that the Security Council will remain united and take appropriate action. In the meantime, the Secretary-General remains in close contact with all concerned parties and stands ready to assist their efforts.
New York, 12 February 2013
Statements on 12 February 2013
- New York, 12 February 2013 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the attack at the Turkish-Syrian border
- New York, 12 February 2013 - Secretary-General's message to Symposium on "The Role of Interfaith Dialogue in Peacebuilding and Women Empowerment” [delivered by Mrs. Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General for Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships, UN Women]
- New York, 12 February 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks to Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict