New York

22 January 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the resolution adopted by the Security council on the 12 December rocket launch conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

The Secretary-General welcomes the Security Council’s unanimous decision to adopt resolution 2087 (2013) which condemns the launch conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) of 12 December 2012. Speaking with one voice, the Security Council reiterated its firm stance that the DPRK’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, including means of delivery, is unacceptable.

The Secretary-General urges the DPRK to fully abide by all relevant resolutions. In particular, he calls upon the DPRK to refrain from taking any measures that can exacerbate tensions on the peninsula, including any further launches that use ballistic missile technology or a nuclear test.

The Secretary-General remains firmly convinced that dialogue is the only way to achieve the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula as well as durable peace in the region. In this regard, he hopes that all parties concerned spare no effort to resume their diplomatic engagement, including through the six-party talks.

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 particular vulnerable groups in DPRK