Wien, 15. October 2006 Press release

Plassnik: “Unmistakable international response“

15.10.2006

Foreign Minister on North Korea Resolution of UN Security Council

Vienna, 15 October 2006 - "This is an appropriate response by the global community of states," commented Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik on the yesterday’s UN Security Council’s unanimous adoption of a resolution on the North Korean nuclear test. Following its unanimous condemnation of the nuclear test the international community of states had thus clearly demonstrated its unity and determination. "We do not want any further nuclear states."

"Above and beyond the event that triggered it, the clear and swift reaction of the UN Security Council is also an important commitment on the part of the community of states to an effective non-proliferation regime," emphasised the Foreign Minister, also recalling the key role played by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) located in Vienna in this context.

The UN Security Council Resolution calls upon North Korea to fully comply with the provisions of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and forbids North Korea to have any missile and nuclear weapons programmes or other programmes for weapons of mass destruction. The Security Council also adopted far-reaching sanctions, comprising both a weapons embargo and a trade embargo on all goods that might contribute to the North Korean weapons programmes. The freezing of assets, travel restrictions and an embargo on luxury goods are aimed to affect the leading representatives of the North Korean regime.

"The North Korean regime’s nuclear plans jeopardise international peace and security. North Korea must step out of its increasing isolation and re-embark on a rational course. A return to the six-party talks and a constructive attitude towards them are the only feasible option. This is certainly also the wish of the people in North Korea," concluded the Foreign Minister.

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