On 3 September, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) conducted another nuclear test, demonstrating again its reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons. This represents a flagrant violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions and a major threat to the non-proliferation regime. This latest test further demonstrates an accelerating and unprecedented campaign by the DPRK of unlawful ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests.
The threat posed by the DPRK is a problem for the wider international community and demands a unified response. The North Atlantic Council (NAC) condemns the DPRK’s illegal actions in the strongest possible terms, as they threaten regional and international stability, and the goal of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner. The DPRK’s blatant disregard of international agreements and binding UN Security Council resolutions, and its confrontational actions, jeopardize the prospects for lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula, and undermine international peace and security. It is now imperative that all nations implement more thoroughly and transparently existing UN sanctions and make further efforts to apply decisive pressure to convince the DPRK regime to abandon its current threatening and destabilising path.
The NAC calls upon the DPRK to refrain from any further provocation and illegal acts, to abide by its obligations under relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and to abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner. We call upon the DPRK to recommit to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and comply with its Comprehensive Nuclear Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), at an early stage.
We reiterate our full solidarity with our partners in the region, Japan and the Republic of Korea, and our support for their security.