London/New York

03 February 2016

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the DPRK’s notification of a satellite launch

The Secretary-General has seen the reports that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) notified several international organizations of its intention to launch a satellite in the coming weeks.

This is a deeply troubling development. It will further aggravate the profound concerns that the international community already has in the wake of the recent nuclear test.

The Secretary-General calls upon the DPRK to refrain from using ballistic missile technology and work for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

He stands ready to help to reduce tensions and facilitate reconciliation and dialogue.