EXPRESSING SERIOUS CONCERN, BAN URGES DPR KOREA TO RECONSIDER PLANNED ROCKET LAUNCH

EXPRESSING SERIOUS CONCERN, BAN URGES DPR KOREA TO RECONSIDER PLANNED ROCKET LAUNCH New York, Dec 4 2012 9:05AM

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “seriously concerned” about the announcement of a planned rocket launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and “strongly urges” it to reconsider its decision, according to his spokesperson.

> “Any such launch would constitute a clear violation of Security Council resolution 1874, in which the Council demanded that the DPRK not conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology,” the spokesperson said in a note to correspondents today. “Such a launch would also heighten tension in the region.” >
> According to media reports, the DPRK’s state news agency on Saturday announced the decision to launch another space satellite, sometime between 10 December and 22 December. A similar attempt in April was unsuccessful. >
> “The Secretary-General strongly urges the DPRK to reconsider its decision and to suspend all activ
> ities related to its ballistic missile programme,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said. “He further calls upon the DPRK to re-establish its moratorium on missile launches, as required by the Security Council.” >
> The spokesperson added that the UN chief 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 the DPRK,” he said.

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