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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Statement

Secretary-General's statement on the Nuclear Test announced by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

New York, 6 January 2016

The underground nuclear test announced by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 6 January is deeply troubling.  This test once again violates numerous Security Council resolutions despite the united call by the international community to cease such activities.  It is also a grave contravention of the international norm against nuclear testing.

This act is profoundly destabilising for regional security and seriously undermines international non-proliferation efforts.  I condemn it unequivocally.

I demand the DPRK cease any further nuclear activities and meet its obligations for verifiable denuclearization.

We are monitoring and assessing developments in close coordination with the concerned international organisations – including the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization – and interested parties.

Thank you.