Wien, 12. February 2013 Press release

Spindelegger: “North Korea is moving further towards complete international seclusion”

Foreign Minister sharply condemns the latest North Korean nuclear test

Vienna, 12 February 2013 – “I deplore the nuclear test that was announced in the North Korean media today It constitutes yet another blatant violation of the stipulations issued by the UN Security Council and a mockery of the international community. This targeted provocation will push North Korea further towards complete international seclusion”, said Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger.

“The two missile launches in April and December 2012 already showed that North Korea is wilfully trying to undermine the constructive efforts of the international community to bring about a stabilisation process on the Korean peninsula. North Korean politics can only be described as deeply irresponsible. On the one hand, the country is going for confrontation, as reflected in the massive extension of its nuclear weapons and missile programme; on the other hand, it is completely unable to ensure that even the most basic needs of its population are met. This is a mockery of the sorely afflicted population of the country on the part of Kim Jong Un’s regime and a targeted strategy to promote insecurity on the Korean peninsula. I expect the UN Security Council to sharply condemn this latest move. However, multilateral negotiations must continue. North Korea must commit to nuclear disarmament and accept the global treaties. Prudence and diplomacy are the only ways to relax the situation – and this would be in the interest of both North and South Korea”, Spindelegger continued.

North Korea already carried out nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009 respectively; both were sharply condemned by the UN Security Council in resolutions 1718/2006 and 1874(2009). Next to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEO), the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) also plays a central role in the objective detection of nuclear tests. “I am fully confident that the CTBTO will be able to provide important information on this test based on objective, detailed and clear measurements, as was the case with the two previous tests. Unfortunately, today’s events will once more put the organisation’s monitoring system to the test in terms of reliability and indispensability. Furthermore, North Korea’s nuclear tests underline the necessity of finally making the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty universally binding”, the Foreign Minister concluded.

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