New York

02 March 2016

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the resolution adopted by the Security Council in response to the DPRK nuclear test and launch using ballistic missile technology

The Secretary-General welcomes the adoption of today’s resolution 2270 (2016) in response to the recent nuclear test and launch using ballistic missile technology by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Today’s unanimous action by the Security Council has sent a clear message that the DPRK must return to full compliance with its international obligations. The Secretary-General urges the DPRK to abide by the resolution and calls upon all Member States to ensure its implementation.

This firm response by the Security Council should put an end to the cycle of provocation and lead to the resumption of dialogue in accordance with the unified view of the international community. The Secretary-General reaffirms his commitment to working with all sides to reduce tensions and achieve the verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

The Secretary-General reiterates the critical role of international assistance in safeguarding the lives of millions in the country. At the same time, the Secretary-General renews his call on the DPRK to do more for the lives of its people. Genuine improvement in human rights is a necessary basis for long-term security and stability.