Security Council demands North Korea end nuclear tests

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A wide view of the Security Council Chamber. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

The Security Council has ordered the Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK) to stop conducting nuclear tests in order to reduce tensions in the region and beyond.

Strongly condemning the 15 April ballistic-missile launch, the Council also expressed concern over the country's "highly destabilizing behaviour."

DPRK, also known as North Korea, was criticized for its "flagrant and provocative defiance" of the UN body's resolutions, when it fired its latest missile.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the 15 Members of the Security Council agreed to continue monitoring the situation in North Korea closely and to take further significant measures, including sanctions.

They noted that the country is developing its nuclear-weapons delivery systems through its illegal ballistic-missile activities and as a result, greatly increasing tensions in the region and beyond.

Council members also expressed regret that DPRK is diverting resources to the pursuit of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons while its citizens have great unmet needs.

The North Korean authorities are being urged to show their sincere commitment to denuclearization and to reducing tensions in the Korean peninsula and beyond by ending all nuclear tests.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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