Vienna, 12 December 2012 Press release

Spindelegger: "North Korea is acting irresponsibly"

Foreign Minister condemns North Korea's tactics of provocation

Vienna, 12 December 2012 - "While it is disappointing it is also characteristic that North Korea has thrown the urgent warnings of the international community of states to the winds and is still going for provocation. With today's missile test, the North Korean regime has pushed itself even further to the margin and is putting the stability of Asia at risk. North Korea must put an end to playing with fire and return to the negotiating table forthwith", Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said expressing his deep concern about the obviously successful test of a North Korean long-range missile.

In April 2012, an attempt of North Korea to put a satellite into orbit had failed. The international community of states had condemned the launch of the rocket in April as a serious violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1874. According to UN Security Council resolutions, North Korea must not use any ballistic missile technology, not even for the purpose of civilian space travel, as such technology could also be used to launch nuclear missiles. The announcement of a new attempt had put the states in the region on red alert and triggered loud international criticism of the North Korean provocation.

Spindelegger continued: "North Korea's path forward into a safe and prosperous future can only be one of temperance and cooperation. I urge the regime of North Korea to live up to its international commitments and refrain from such provocation. Defying the entire international community of states with its nuclear armament and missile programme and at the same time neglecting basic supplies for its own people can only be called utterly irresponsible behaviour. The people of North Korea deserve better", Spindelegger concluded.

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