Slovakia: North Korea Would Do Better to Secure Needs of Own People

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People in Seoul watch a TV news reporting a rocket launch in North Korea (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Bratislava, February 8 (TASR) – The Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry on Monday “strongly condemned” the launching of an intercontinental ballistic missile by North Korea this past weekend.

“After the recent test, probably of a hydrogen bomb, this is another display of gross provocation. It represents a threat to regional stability, international peace and security, and a violation of UN Security Council’s resolutions prohibiting North Korea to undertake any tests of ballistic technologies,” stated the Foreign Ministry in a press release.

According to the ministry, Slovakia is seriously concerned by the fact that North Korea is spending huge funds on military programmes while neglecting the most elementary needs of its own people.

“We firmly condemn any provocative actions increasing tension in the region. We call on Pyongyang to unconditionally comply with all international obligations related to relevant UN resolutions,” stressed the ministry.

Despite earlier warnings by the international community, North Korea on Sunday (February 7) launched a rocket carrying a satellite for Earth observation. According to the international community, it was in fact a disguised long-range missile test, however.

The UN Security Council at an extraordinary session condemned the recent moves by North Korea and announced that existing sanctions against the regime Pyongyang may be increased.