UN chief urges North Korea not to launch a rocket

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged authorities in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) not to go ahead with their planned rocket launch.

According to reports, North Korea has notified the International Maritime Organization (IMO) about its planned launch between 10 and 22 December.

Mr. Ban says that any such launch would be a clear violation of a Security Council resolution which demands that North Korea not conduct any launch using ballistic missiles.

UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky has more.

"Such a launch would also heighten tension in the region. The Secretary-General strongly urges North Korea to reconsider its decision and to suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile programme. He further calls upon the DPRK to reconsider its decision and to suspend all activities related to its ballistic programme. He further calls upon the DPRK to re-establish its moratorium on missile launches as required by the Security Council. And finally 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." 

Duration: 29"

The UN Secretary-General reaffirms his commitment to working for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and helping the people in the DPRK."

A similar attempt by North Korea to launch a rocket in April failed.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'27"

 

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