UN nuclear energy chief “seriously concerned” about DPRK

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IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano (left) arrives for the 1453rd Board of Governors Meeting. IAEA, Vienna, Austria, 6 March 2017. Photo: IAEA/Dean Calma (26836)

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has once again been urged to fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions.

The appeal was made by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), speaking in Vienna on Monday.

The IAEA is the UN agency which promotes scientific and technical co-operation in the nuclear field.

Dianne Penn reports.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano made the appeal in an address to the agency's board of governors, which meets five times annually.

His speech provided an overview of global trends in the areas of nuclear safety, security and nuclear energy.

It also laid out his concerns about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea.

The country has been has been subject to more than a decade of UN Security Council resolutions imposing arms embargos, travel bans and other measures in response to its nuclear tests.

"I remain seriously concerned about the nuclear programme of the DPRK. It is deeply regrettable that the DPRK has shown no indication that it is willing to comply with the UN Security Council resolutions adopted in response to its two nuclear tests last year. I again call upon the DPRK to comply fully with its obligations under Security Council resolutions, to cooperate promptly with the Agency, and to resolve all outstanding issues, including those that have arisen during the absence of Agency inspectors from the country."

Last November, the UN Security Council imposed what were described as its "toughest and most comprehensive sanctions ever" on the DPRK.

News agencies reported on Monday that the country had fired four ballistic missiles that morning.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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