Korea

UN chief and Security Council condemn rocket launch by DPR Korea

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today deplored the rocket launch announced by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), calling it a clear violation of the Council’s demand that Pyongyang not conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology.

Expressing serious concern, Ban urges DPR Korea to reconsider planned rocket launch

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “seriously concerned” about the announcement of a planned rocket launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and “strongly urges” it to reconsider its decision, according to his spokesperson.

Joint UN assessment finds better harvests in DPR Korea along with under-nutrition

There has been an increase in staple food production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the second year running but under-nutrition persists for nearly three million people, according to a new United Nations assessment released today.

UN rights expert urges DPR Korea authorities to spend less on military, more on people

An independent United Nations expert today voiced continued concern about the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and urged the Government to re-think its focus on military expenditure and to allocate resources to improve the living standards of its people.

Ban: leadership of young women crucial to advance development worldwide

The empowerment of young women is key for advancing development around the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, adding that it is a priority for the United Nations to encourage their active participation in society.

UN agencies mobilize support for flood victims in DPR Korea

United Nations agencies have started mobilizing resources, including water, food and other basic goods, to help some 63,000 people who have been left homeless by a cyclone that caused intense flooding in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Security Council strongly condemns DPR Korea’s satellite launch attempt

The Security Council today strongly condemned the attempted launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) of a so-called ‘application satellite,’ stressing that last week’s action, as well as any other use of ballistic missile technology, is a serious violation of the United Nations resolutions.

Launch of DPR Korea’s satellite ‘deplorable,’ says Ban

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.

Ban renews call on DPR Korea to reconsider planned ‘satellite’ launch

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today renewed his call on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to reconsider its decision to launch a so-called “application satellite” in a few days time, noting that such action is a clear violation of relevant Security Council resolutions.

Situation on Korean peninsula, nuclear security feature in Ban's talks in Seoul

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the Republic of Korea (ROK), Lee Myung-bak, held talks in Seoul today, focusing on issues such as the situation on the Korean peninsula, global nuclear security and the crisis in Syria.