DPR Korea: Security Council consults amid concerns over nuclear test plans

4 October 2006

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 consultations that a meeting of experts would take place later today to discuss the possibility of issuing a formal statement. He said there were different views as to the approach that should be taken.

The Council consultations 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.”