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Cablegate: Croatian Government Also "Very Concerned" About

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INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

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SIPDIS

FOR ISN, EAP, IO AND EUR/SCE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PARM KNNP NK HR
SUBJECT: CROATIAN GOVERNMENT ALSO "VERY CONCERNED" ABOUT
NORTH KOREA'S NUCLEAR TEST

REF: STATE 169418

1. (SBU) The GOC is also "outraged" by the North Korean
nuclear test announcement, MFA Assistant Minister for
Bilateral Affairs Ivica Tomic told DCM October 10. Croatia
will work closely with the U.S., European Union, and the rest
of the international community as it determines any future
responses to the test, he added.

2. (U) The MFA issued the following statement October 9: The
Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration
is very concerned about the latest developments with North
Korea's nuclear experiment and shares the international
community's concern about the deteriorated security in the
Korean peninsula and the wider region. Testing nuclear
weapons is a serious threat to peace and security in Asia and
the world, and the ministry advocates an urgent defusion of
tensions and that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
go back to the six-sided negotiations so that a lasting
political solution could be found. Croatia fully supports
the positions the European Union's Presidency expressed today.

3. (U) President Mesic also criticized the test in remarks
to the press October 9, noting that the country should
redirect its efforts to economic development and other
peaceful pursuits.

BRADTKE

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