UN Secretary General António Guterres said he was concerned about DPRK’s decision to break the moratorium on nuclear missile tests. This was stated in the statement of his official representative Stefan Dujarrik on Wednesday, January 1.
“Non-proliferation remains a fundamental pillar of global nuclear security and should be preserved. According to Dujarrik, Guterres hopes very much that the tests will not be resumed in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.
Earlier Kim Jong-un noted that the country will resume missile tests until the hostile US policy towards North Korea is eliminated. U.S. President Donald Trump said he expects that the promises made by the North Korean leader will be kept.
The U.S. and DPRK began negotiations in 2018. Then Singapore hosted the first Trump and Kim Jong-un summit in history. Following the summit, the parties agreed to denuclearize DPRK in exchange for security guarantees and the lifting of sanctions from Washington.
On December 7, DPRK’s permanent representative to the UN Kim Jong-un said that the denuclearization issue is irrelevant for negotiations with the US. According to him, the “long and meaningful dialogue” that Washington is trying to achieve is actually a ploy to buy time.
On December 8, DPRK also declared a successful “crucial” test. It was noted that the results of this test in the near future “may have a significant impact on changing DPRK’s strategic position”.