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The United Nations Security Council stated that it condemned and opposed
North Korea's announced nuclear test on May 25th. U-N Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon called North Korea's action "a clear and grave violation of
resolutions of the United Nations Security Council." North Korea
reportedly test-fired an additional short range missile after the Security
President Barack Obama issued a statement deploring North Korea's provocative
conduct. "It appears to also have attempted a short range missile
launch," said President Obama. "These actions, while not a surprise
given its statements and actions to date, are a matter of grave concern to all
nations," said President Obama. "North Korea's attempts to develop
weapons, as well as its ballistic missile program, constitute a threat to
international peace and security."
North Korea conducted a nuclear test in October 2006. In April of this year,
North Korea conducted a ballistic missile launch that drew strong international
criticism. It is difficult to reconcile North Korea's actions with its
agreement in September 2005 with the United States, China, South Korea, Japan,
and Russia aimed at the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The United States has consistently supported the Six-Party Talks as the best
way to deal with the challenge of North Korea's nuclear program and with the
other issues that are part of North Korea's agenda. Constructive talks, not
provocative action, would best serve North Korea's interests.
"By acting in blatant defiance of the United Nations Security Council,
North Korea is directly and recklessly challenging the international
community," said President Obama. "North Korea's behavior increases
tensions and undermines stability in Northeast Asia," he said. The U.S.
President said North Korea "will not find international acceptance unless
it abandons its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and their means of
For its part, said President Obama, the United States has been and will
continue working with its allies and partners in the Six-Party Talks as well as
other members of the United Nations Security Council in the days ahead.