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Tánaiste condemns the recent missile launch by DPRK

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore, T.D., has condemned the recent missile launch by DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea). In a statement, he said:

“The launch of a missile, under the guise of a satellite carrier rocket, by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is, clearly, a provocative and dangerous act. 

In line with statements issued by the EU High Representative and by the UN Security Council, I strongly condemn the launch.  Regardless of the stated purpose of this launch, any North Korean launch which uses ballistic missile technology is a clear violation of two UN Security Council Resolutions. 

I welcome the fact that the Security Council is currently in consultations regarding an appropriate response to the launch.  It is very important that the international community sends the strongest possible message to the authorities in Pyongyang that it remains resolutely opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems on the Korean peninsula.

I call on the North Korean government to refrain from any further provocative and dangerous acts and to return, immediately and without preconditions, to the Six Party Talks.

I further call on the authorities in Pyongyang to return to full compliance with all of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and under the DPRK’s comprehensive safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency.”