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Missile tests by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Norway has aligned with an EU declaration on 6 July 2006, condemning the missile tests performed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The declaration reads as follows:

The EU strongly condemns the provocative missile test-launches performed by the government of the DPRK. These tests, which also included long-range missile systems that can be used to deliver weapons of mass destruction, place additional strains on regional stability at a time when the unresolved nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula requires mutual confidence building. Such tests are also a matter of more general concern, due to
their global proliferation implications.

The tests run counter to the spirit of the Joint Declaration adopted in the Six-Party talks inSeptember 2005, and call into question the sincerity of the DPRK’s stated commitment toimplement this declaration. The EU urges North Korea to return to the talks withoutpreconditions and to co-operate fully in implementing the Joint Declaration.

The EU calls upon the DPRK to contribute constructively to the resolution of gravesecurity challenges facing the region by re-establishing the moratorium on long-rangemissile testing that it unilaterally observed since September 1999 until the present. The EU intends to consult others in the international community on an effective response.
The EU will continue to actively support efforts to resolve the security issues on the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner.

The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia*and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation andAssociation Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the EuropeanEconomic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves withthis declaration.”
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the
Stabilisation and Association Process.

(6 July 2006)


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