Following the alleged nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea DPRK, High Representative Federica Mogherini issued a statement today "If confirmed, this action would represent a grave violation of the DPRK's international obligations not to produce or test nuclear weapons, as determined by several United Nations Security Council Resolutions, and a threat to the peace and security of the entire North East Asia region. I call on the DPRK to re-engage in a credible and meaningful dialogue with the international community, in particular in the framework of the Six-Party Talks, and to cease this illegal and dangerous behaviour."
The High Representative also spoke this morning with the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, Yun Byung-se, and the Foreign Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida. During the conversations, the HRVP and the Ministers shared their understanding of the situation, including the need to verify the claim made by the government of the DPRK. They agreed that, if confirmed, the action represents a grave violation of the DPRK's international obligations not to produce or test nuclear weapons and threatens the peace and security of the entire North East Asia region and beyond.
The HRVP and the Ministers discussed the way ahead, beginning this afternoon with an urgent session of the UN Security Council. They agreed on the need for a strong, coordinated and united reaction by the international community, including in the UN and in the G7, which Japan is currently chairing.
Strong statements made today by permanent members of the UN Security Council were welcomed.