UN chief urges North Korea not to conduct nuclear test

Nuclear test

UN sanctions demand that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons program and stop testing or using nuclear or ballistic missile technology. They also ban the North from importing or exporting material for nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

Ban said North Korea's announcement that it is not going to abide by the agreement that established the six-party talks is unacceptable.

North Korea has said many times that it is committed to denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, he said, so it should abide by all UN Security Council resolutions. "This is a basic obligation of a (UN) member state," he said.

With a new North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and new leaders in South Korea and Japan, Ban said there will be many different ways the DPRK can contribute to stability in northeast Asia.

"If they conduct this nuclear test, it may be the case that they are effectively tying the hands of the new president of (South) Korea," Ban said. "Then, it may take again a long time before any initiative between South and North Korea could

take place to normalize this relationship."

UN sanctions demand that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons program and stop testing or using nuclear or ballistic missile technology. They also ban the North from importing or exporting material for nuclear and ballistic missile

programs

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