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Launch of DPR Korea's satellite 'deplorable', says Ban

13 April 2012 – Despite its failure, the launch of a so-called ‘application satellite’ by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is “deplorable”, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today and urged the country to not undertake further actions that could increase tension in the region.

Early this morning, DPRK authorities launched the satellite, but, according to media reports, it flew less than two minutes before exploding and crashing into the waters of the Korean peninsula.

The Secretary-General said the launch “defies the firm and unanimous stance of the international community” and threatens regional stability, according to statement issued by his spokesperson.

Mr. Ban has consistently been calling on the DPRK Government to reconsider its decision to launch the satellite, noting that it violates the Security Council resolution 1874 of 2009 which bans “any launch using ballistic missile technology.” That resolution imposed additional sanctions on DPRK after previous demands that the country not conduct any further nuclear or missile tests went unheeded.

In the statement, Mr. Ban reaffirmed his commitment to work for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and help the people of the DPRK, in particular, by addressing the serious food and nutrition needs of the most vulnerable.

“The Secretary-General renews his call on the DPRK authorities to work towards building confidence with neighbouring countries and improving the life of its people,” the statement said.



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