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Statement by Minister Coveney on North Korean ICBM launch

Disarmament, International Law, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Security, Press Releases, Asia and Oceania, 2017

Statement by Minister Coveney on North Korean ICBM launch

"I am deeply concerned by reports that North Korea has tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. Such tests constitute a flagrant violation of international law, as outlined in multiple United Nations Security Council Resolutions, and I join with EU colleagues in condemning such actions unreservedly.

The international community remains united in calling on North Korea to abandon its programmes to develop ballistic missiles, nuclear capabilities and weapons of mass destruction in a manner that is complete, verifiable and irreversible. Its provocative actions only serve to heighten tensions in the region and beyond.

Engagement on nuclear disarmament by all stakeholders is more urgent than ever. Ireland fully supports the international sanctions regime against North Korea, including the EU autonomous restrictive measures."