Minister for Foreign Affairs condemns underground nuclear test by DPRK.


The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Dermot Ahern, T.D., has strongly condemned this morning's nuclear weapons test by the DPRK (North Korea).  The Minister said:

'I strongly condemn the provocative decision by the DPRK to test a nuclear weapon.  This is a threat to regional security and in direct contravention of the objectives of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.  It runs directly contrary to the will of the international community, as expressed by the UN Security Council, and it also ignores the patient efforts of the DPRK's neighbours to work constructively with it.  I call on the DPRK to refrain from further dangerous acts and to return immediately and without preconditions to the Six Party Talks.'

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9 October 2006
Press Office

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