UN chief urges North Korea not to conduct nuclear test
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to North Korea not to conduct another nuclear test and do more for the well-being of its people who face a "dire" humanitarian situation.
He told a group of journalists yesterday that the United Nations has been trying to provide humanitarian assistance to North Korea but because of the crisis over a possible nuclear test and tensions on the Korean peninsula the response from
international donors has been very low.
As a result, Ban said, he needs to tap into the UN emergency relief fund for money to provide humanitarian aid to the North, officially known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or DPRK.
"I only hope, and again appeal stronglys to the DPRK authorities, that they heed the appeals and urgings of the international community and abide by all Security Council resolutions, and do more for the well-being of their own
people," he said.
North Korea announced last month that it would conduct a nuclear test to protest UN Security Council sanctions which were toughened after a satellite launch in December that the US and others say was a disguised test of banned missile
The council ordered North Korea in the sanctions resolution to refrain from a nuclear test or face "significant action."
Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, again urged key nations that have been trying to rein in the North's nuclear program to call on Pyongyang to refrain from "any provocative measures, like conducting nuclear tests."
Since 2003, the United States, Russia, China, Japan and South Korea have been trying to negotiate a disarmament deal with North Korea that would halt its nuclear program. But the North moved ahead, conducting a nuclear test in 2006 which led to UN sanctions.
The North walked away from the talks in 2009 and later that year exploded its second nuclear device, leading to additional sanctions. So far, efforts to re-start the six-party talks have failed.
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