UN urges N. Korea to can­cel nu­clear test

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UNITED NA­TIONS (AP) — The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil urged North Korea on Fri­day to can­cel a planned nu­clear test and re­turn im­me­di­ately to talks on scrap­ping its nu­clear weapons pro­gram, say­ing that ex­plod­ing such a de­vice would threaten in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity.

A state­ment adopted unan­i­mously by the coun­cil ex­pressed “deep con­cern” over North Korea’s an­nounce­ment.

It was read at a for­mal meet­ing by the coun­cil pres­i­dent, Am­bas­sador Kenzo Oshima of Ja­pan, and warned of un­spec­i­fied coun­cil ac­tion if North Korea ig­nores in­ter­na­tional calls not to con­duct a test.

Ja­pan, which would be in close prox­im­ity to any North Korean test, pro­posed the ini­tial text. Oshima had pressed to have it adopted be­fore Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe trav­els to Bei­jing on Sun­day and Seoul on Mon­day with a mes­sage that the North should stop test­ing.

“We very clearly and strongly be­lieve that to threaten con­duct­ing nu­clear tests, or even worse, to con­duct such tests ... would not help any­body in­clud­ing North Korea,” Rus­sia’s UN Am­bas­sador Vi­taly Churkin said. “This mes­sage is very clearly con­veyed in the use­ful pres­i­den­tial state­ment which we to­day adopted. Let’s hope that things will cool off and that ev­ery­body will re­turn to six-party talks.”

The state­ment urges the North not to carry out the test, say­ing it would not help the North ad­dress its con­cerns, es­pe­cially strength­en­ing its se­cu­rity.

It warns Py­ongyang that a nu­clear test would bring in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion, “jeop­ar­dize peace, sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity in the re­gion and be­yond,” and lead to fur­ther un­spec­i­fied coun­cil ac­tion.

The coun­cil said it “de­plores” the pur­suit of nu­clear weapons by the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea.

“The Se­cu­rity Coun­cil will be moni- tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion closely,” the state­ment says. “The Se­cu­rity Coun­cil stresses that a nu­clear test, if car­ried out by the DPRK, would rep­re­sent a clear threat to in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity and that should the DPRK ig­nore calls of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil will act con­sis­tent with its re­spon­si­bil­ity un­der the Char­ter of the United Na­tions.”

—AP

A stu­dent passes by mock North Korean mis­siles in Seoul

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