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Luxembourg condemns the nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Published Tuesday February 12 2013

Luxembourg condemns in the strongest terms the underground nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea this morning.

This latest nuclear test shows once again how much the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea despises the global nuclear non-proliferation regime. It represents a flagrant violation of the DPRK’s international obligations not to produce or test nuclear weapons, notably as stipulated by UN Security Council Resolutions 1718, 1874 et 2087.

Luxembourg expresses its serious concern about this grave threat to regional and international peace and security.

Resolution 2087 of the Security Council, which was unanimously adopted last month, underscores the determination of the international community to take significant action in the event of a further nuclear test.

Together with its partners, Luxembourg commits to work in the Security Council to ensure a firm and unified response to this latest nuclear test.

As chair of the Sanctions Committee established by Security Council resolution 1718 (2006) to oversee the implementation of sanctions taken against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Luxembourg will work towards respect for the relevant provisions of the Security Council’s resolutions, together with all Member States.

Luxembourg will also work on an appropriate response with its European Union partners, notably at the upcoming Foreign Affairs Council on Monday 18th February.

In general, Luxembourg encourages the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programme, including its uranium enrichment programme, completely and irreversibly, as well as in a measurable manner.

Luxembourg calls upon the DPRK to engage dialogue with the international community, including in the framework of six-party talks which would be conducive to regional stability.

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