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Security Council Pressures Korea Over Nuclear Test

Security Council Members ‘Strongly Urge’ DPR Korea Not To Carry Out Nuclear Test

New York, Oct 4 2006 3:00PM

The United Nations Security Council held closed consultations on the stated intention of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to carry out a nuclear test, and all members voiced “very strong concern… and strongly urged North Korea to desist from it,” the Council president said.

Ambassador Kenzo Oshima of Japan, Council President for October, told reporters after the meeting that the 15-member body would meet later today to discuss issuing a formal statement. He said there were different views as to the approach that should be taken.

The Council meeting followed a warning from Secretary-General Kofi Annan last night that a test by the DPRK would be counter-productive and worsen tensions in the region.

He called on the DPRK “to exercise utmost restraint and adhere to the international community’s norm on nuclear testing and also observe the current moratorium.”

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