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EU urges N. Korea to stick to moratorium on nuclear, missile tests

EU Urges North Korea to Respect the Moratorium on Nuclear and Missile Tests

SEOUL – The European Union (EU) has called on North Korea to abide by its moratorium on nuclear and missile testing, saying Pyongyang “can never have the status of a weapon state nuclear”, according to the standards of a global non-proliferation treaty.
In a statement for a disarmament conference earlier this week, the EU urged the North to “adhere to a moratorium on nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches” and to refrain from “further provocations”.
“We are deeply concerned by the latest announcements from the DPRK declaring on January 01, 2020, that the DPRK is no longer required to abide by the moratorium to end its nuclear test and the ICBM and close the testing ground nuclear,” he said, referring to the North by its official name.
“The DPRK can never have the status of a nuclear weapon state following the NPT,” he added, referring to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty from which the North withdrew in 2003.
The EU then urged Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons program, comply with its obligations under UN Security Council resolutions and implement a comprehensive moratorium on all types of missile launches.
“Until the DPRK takes these concrete steps, we will continue to apply the existing sanctions strictly,” he added.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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