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UN is “extremely concerned” on North Korea’s intention to resume weapons tests

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is “very concerned” about North Korea’s intention to resume nuclear and missile tests, a UN spokesman said on Wednesday.

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FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks at the Security Council stakeout at the United Nations headquarters in New York, U.S., August 1, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

“The Secretary-General very much hopes that the tests will not be resumed in line with the relevant Security Council resolutions,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement. Nonproliferation (policy) remains a fundamental pillar of global nuclear security and must be respected.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said this week that there was no reason for Pyongyang to commit anymore to a suspension it had announced of nuclear bomb and ballistic missile tests and that a “new strategic weapon” would be developed in the near future.

“Diplomatic communication is the only way to establish a lasting peace,” Dujarric said.

After Kim’s remarks, US President Donald Trump, who in 2018 became the first US president to meet the North Korean leader, said that Kim signed a nuclear disarmament deal and he believed Kim was “a man who kept his promise.”

Trump has repeatedly mentioned North Korea’s suspension of nuclear and missile tests, which has been going on since 2017, as an indication of the success of his policy of relying on Pyongyang.

Kim accused the United States of making demands “similar to those of gangsters” and of pursuing a “hostile policy” such as conducting joint military exercises with South Korea, developing modern weapons, and imposing sanctions.

Pyongyang last month warned Washington that it might send her a “Christmas gift” after Kim gave the United States a deadline until the end of the year to make concessions in talks on his country’s nuclear arsenal.

North Korean experts said Kim’s comments, which came as part of a several-hour speech, are likely directed at his party, the army and North Korean government officials to prepare the country for another period of economic hardship, especially as Pyongyang is preparing for a long-term deadlock with the United States.


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