Geneva, Switzerland

13 April 2012

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the DPRK

Despite its failure, the launch of a so-called ‘application satellite’ by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 13 April 2012 is deplorable as it defies the firm and unanimous stance of the international community. The launch is in direct violation of Security Council Resolution 1874 and threatens regional stability. 

The Secretary-General urges the DPRK not to undertake any further provocative actions that will heighten tension in the region.

The Secretary-General renews his call on the DPRK authorities to work towards building confidence with neighboring countries and improving the life of its people. As the Secretary-General of the United Nations, he reaffirms his commitment to working for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and helping the people of the DPRK, in particular, by addressing the serious food and nutrition needs of the most vulnerable.