Saber Rattling in Pyongyang

Message by Dr Kerim 

The leadership of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea practices a belligerent rhetoric very often addressing issues of international significance. Sometimes they sound like saber rattling. The last one though is rather not only provocative but it challenges the basic principles of the UN Charter.

I fully condemn and express my disapproval of the hydrogen bomb test by North Korea. It not only represents a threat to regional stability and safety but rather a risk to global peace, undermining all efforts made to peacebuilding and security and in violation of Security Council Resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), and 2094 (2013). I must infer that such an occurrence is very disconcerting and troubling. 

The UN Security Council stipulated that this nuclear test is a "clear threat to international peace and security." Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared that “This act is profoundly destabilizing for regional security and seriously undermines international non-proliferation efforts. I condemn it unequivocally.”

I fully agree with these concerns and I believe the UN Security Council and the United Nations should further monitor any possible activities in North Korea as well as take adequate measures if certain criteria of UN resolutions on safety and denuclearization are not met. North Korea must stop nuclear activities in order to avoid further isolation which harms above all its own people. 

8 January 2016

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