World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Korea Should Heed Calls On Missile Tests

Korea Should Heed International Calls On Missile Tests

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today repeated his call for caution on the part of the authorities of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), pointing out that the broader regional context requires restraint.

As I have said recently, to be testing that kind of missile in a region like the Korean Peninsula, at a time when we have lots of difficult issues, and the six-party talks have stalled, it is not a wise thing to do to, and North Korea must listen to what the international community is telling it, Mr. Annan said in response to a question about Pyongyang’s missile tests.

On the issue of action by the Security Council, Mr. Annan said: I will leave the Council to make its own judgment.

Another reporter, in an apparent reference to an upcoming UN conference to review global action on small arms and light weapons, asked whether the UN trying to take away guns from Americans. Mr. Annan strongly refuted this myth: That thing couldn't be further from the truth.

When we talk about small arms and the damage they are doing around the world, we all need to look around us, the Secretary-General said. We are often concerned about weapons of mass destruction, and yet most of the killing taking place today, whether in Darfur or Congo or elsewhere is done by small arms.

He added that the UN, as an international organization of sovereign States concerned for the welfare of the people and working to protect them, has a legitimate role to play. The UN would want to do something about small arms, would want to bring some order into this area, he said.

We are not out to take guns away from Americans. The intention is to ensure that guns do not get into the wrong hands and are used for the civil wars that we see around the world.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news