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North Korea

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the statement by General Burwell Bell of the United States Army that another nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea is expected; and what action she is taking (a) to support United Nations sanctions against the regime and (b) to prevent further nuclear tests. (99607)

We cannot rule out the possibility of another nuclear test; but we are encouraged by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) commitment to return to the Six Part Talks following talks in Beijing, which suggests a willingness not to escalate the situation further.

We are bound to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1718 (2006), and are taking the necessary administrative and legislative measures domestically and in the EU. The onus is now on the DPRK Government to comply fully with the resolution.

We believe that the current firm response of the international community represents the best means to resolve the current situation.