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2009/04/16 11:05 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 50 (April 16, 2009)


Full Text of UNSC Statement on N. Korean Rocket Launch

The Security Council bears in mind the importance of maintaining peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in northeast Asia as a whole. The Security Council condemns the 5 April 2009 launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, which is in contravention of Security Council resolution 1718.

   The Security Council reiterates that the DPRK must comply fully with its obligations under Security Council resolution 1718.

   The Security Council demands that the DPRK not conduct any further launch.

   The Security Council also calls upon all Member States to comply fully with their obligations under resolution 1718.

   The Security Council agrees to adjust the measures imposed by paragraph 8 of resolution 1718 through the designation of entities and goods, and directs the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718 to undertake its tasks to this effect and to report to the Security Council by 24 April 2009, and further agrees that, if the Committee has not acted, then the Security Council will complete action to adjust the measures by 30 April 2009.

   The Security Council supports the Six Party Talks, calls for their early resumption, and urges all the participants to intensify their efforts on the full implementation of the 19 September 2005 Joint Statement issued by China, the DPRK, Japan, Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States and their subsequent consensus documents, with a view to achieving the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner and to maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in northeast Asia.

   The Security Council expresses its desire for a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the situation and welcomes efforts by Council members as well as other Member States to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue.

   The Security Council will remain actively seized of the matter.


North Korean Response to UNSC Statement

The DPRK (North Korea) Foreign Ministry issued a statement on April 14 flatly rejecting the brigandish "presidential statement" which the U.S. and its followers finally released by abusing the UNSC to condemn the DPRK's launch of satellite for peaceful purposes.

   Saying that throughout history the UNSC has never taken issue with satellite launches, the statement continues:
First, the DPRK resolutely rejects the unjust action taken by the UNSC wantonly infringing upon the sovereignty of the DPRK and seriously hurting the dignity of the Korean people.

   Second, there would be no need to hold six-party talks which the DPRK has attended.

   Now that the six-party talks have turned into a platform for infringing upon the sovereignty of the DPRK and seeking to force the DPRK to disarm itself and bring down the system in it the DPRK will never participate in the talks any longer nor it will be bound to any agreement of the six-party talks.

   Third, the DPRK will bolster its nuclear deterrent for self-defence in every way.

   It will take the measure for restoring to their original state the nuclear facilities which had been disabled under the agreement of the six-party talks and putting their operation on a normal track and fully reprocess the spent fuel rods churned out from the pilot atomic power plant as part of it. (KCNA/ April 14, 2009)