STATEMENT on nuclear warhead explosion test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Statement attributable to the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, on the nuclear warhead explosion test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 9 September 2016

United Nations, New York, 9 September 2016 – I am appalled and gravely concerned by the announcement made earlier today by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on the carrying out of a nuclear explosion test, which I condemn in the strongest terms.

This irresponsible and unacceptable act represents a serious threat to international peace and security and is a clear violation of Security Council resolutions 1718, 1874, 2087, 2094 and 2270.

I call on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to pursue its objectives in a peaceful manner, abandon its nuclear weapon and missile programmes and comply with all its international obligations.

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