Asia, Europe ministers condemn North Korea test

26th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

The test on Monday was a ‘clear violation’ of six-party agreements and relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Hanoi – Asian and European foreign ministers on Tuesday jointly condemned a nuclear test by North Korea and called on the reclusive state to return to six-nation disarmament talks.

"Ministers condemn the underground nuclear test conducted by the DPRK on 25 May 2009," said the statement issued at the conclusion of the two-day Asia-Europe (ASEM) foreign ministers' meeting.

It described Monday's test as a "clear violation" of six-party agreements and relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

"Ministers strongly urge the DPRK not to conduct any further nuclear test," and to comply fully with Security Council resolutions, the statement said, referring to North Korea by its formal initials.

The ministers reaffirmed their support for the six-nation talks to seek early and verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula in a peaceful manner, "and call on DPRK to immediately return to the six-party talks".

ASEM groups the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with the European Union, China, South Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Pakistan and India.

Japan and China are also involved with Russia, the two Koreas, and the United States in the six-party effort to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear programmes in exchange for economic aid.

AFP / Expatica

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