Following the announcement today by the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) of having conducted a new nuclear test, the government of Spain strongly condemns this action, a flagrant violation of several resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
This last test, the second this year and the fifth since 2006, is a very serious threat to international peace and security and to the stability in the Korean peninsula. The DPRK once again challenges the international non-proliferation regime and seriously damages with its behaviour the established international practice against nuclear testing.
This test follows several ballistic missile launches carried out in recent months, the last of them on the 5th of September, involving both intermediate-range and submarine-launched missiles. All this means an unprecedented escalation in the provocations of the North Korean regime against the international community.
The government of Spain has summoned the ambassador of the DPRK in Madrid to convey its utter rejection of these activities and to urge the DPRK to comply with all the relevant Security Council resolutions. Spain calls on the DPRK to focus its efforts on the sincere search for a climate of understanding and dialogue with the international community and to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, a reckless and highly destabilizing endeavour.
As Chair of the UNSC 1718 Committee on sanctions against the DPRK, Spain shall convene as soon as possible a meeting of the 1718 Committee to analyse the facts and coordinate a strong response from the international community. Spain will remain firmly committed to the effective implementation of the sanctions regime, until the DPRK dismantle its nuclear and ballistic programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.
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