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UN chief "concerned" by DPRK statement on ending nuclear tests moratorium
update:January 02,2020
Jan.2,2020 -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to not resume the nuclear and missile tests, said his spokesman.
"The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the statement of the DPRK, which has indicated the end of a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests," said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman.
The UN chief "very much hopes" that the tests will not resume, in line with relevant Security Council resolutions, said Dujarric, adding that non-proliferation remains a fundamental pillar of global nuclear security and must be preserved.
Guterres supports the resumption of a dialogue that will lead to complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Dujarric added. "Diplomatic engagement is the only pathway to sustainable peace."
DPRK's official media reported on Wednesday that country's top leader Kim Jong Un had signaled his country no longer felt bound by its self-imposed moratorium on testing nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles.
The WTO chief said he continued to believe that the WTO is more important than ever before for the global economy, for job creation, for growth and for development.
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