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Finland condemns North Korea’s nuclear test

Press release 36/2013
12 February 2013

Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja strongly condemns the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 12 February. Finland fully agrees with the declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton on behalf of the European Union on the matter given on 12 February. North Korea’s nuclear test is an outright violation of its international obligations, in particular under UN Security Council Resolutions 1718, 1874 and 2087 and the IAEA’s Safeguards Agreement.

Finland urges North Korea to refrain from any further action that might constitute a threat to security and stability in the Korean Peninsula or intensify tensions in the region. North Korea must fully comply with its international obligations and abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

By adopting Resolution 2087 in January 2013, the UN Security Council decided to expand the international sanctions against North Korea after the country’s missile test launch in December 2012. The resolution states that the Security Council is determined to take significant action in the event North Korea proceeds with further rocket launch or nuclear test. As part of the EU and in collaboration with the international community, Finland prepares a unified response to the nuclear test.

Finland urges North Korea to engage in close dialogue with the international community, including cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and in the framework of the Six-Party Talks.

Additional information: Johan Schalin, Head of Unit for Asia and Oceania, tel. +358 40 776 5028

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