New York

03 October 2006

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Korean Peninsula

The Secretary-General shares the global concern regarding the declared intention by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to conduct a nuclear test in the future. Such action, if undertaken, would further aggravate tensions in the region. It would bring universal condemnation by the international community and will not help DPRK achieve the goals expressed in its statement, particularly with regard to strengthening its security.

The Secretary-General urges the DPRK leadership to exercise utmost restraint and adhere to the international community's norm on nuclear testing and also observe the current moratorium. The Secretary-General believes that the DPRK should return to the six-party talks so that the nuclear issue on the Peninsula, as well as other security concerns between and among the parties could be solved through negotiations.