France condemns North Korean missile tests

5th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 5, 2006 (AFP) - France Wednesday strongly condemned the missile tests carried out by North Korea, accusing the Stalinist regime of being a "major contributor" to global weapons proliferation.

PARIS, July 5, 2006 (AFP) - France Wednesday strongly condemned the missile tests carried out by North Korea, accusing the Stalinist regime of being a "major contributor" to global weapons proliferation.

"France condemns the missile tests carried out by North Korea," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"It shares the concerns sparked by these developments, especially among North Korea's neighbours. These concerns are particularly linked to fears that such missiles could carry weapons of mass destruction."

Paris, which currently chairs the United Nations Security Council, has decided to "launch immediate consultations aimed at addressing a firm and united response from the international community to North Korea," the ministry said.

France "urges North Korea to respect the moratorium it declared in 1999" on long-range missile tests, the statement said, describing North Korea as a "major contributor to the proliferation of missiles across the world.

"North Korea's attitude goes against efforts aimed at ensuring stability and security in northeast Asia, and in particular talks on the nuclear question.

"Our aim remains the complete, irreversible and verifiable dismantlement of North Korea's military nuclear programme," the foreign ministry said.

North Korea test-fired seven missiles early Wednesday, including one capable of reaching US soil, although all splashed down in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), according to US and Japanese officials.

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