Doha/New York

4 December 2012

Note to correspondents -- in response to questions on the DPRK’s announcement of a planned rocket launch

The Secretary-General is seriously concerned about the announcement of a planned rocket launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Any such launch would constitute a clear violation of Security Council Resolution 1874 (2009), in which the Council demanded that the DPRK not conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology. Such a launch would also heighten tension in the region.

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

The Secretary-General 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.