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North Korea: Missile Testing

Volume 684: debated on Monday 17 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they have made to the Government of North Korea about its decision to test the Taepodong-2, and other missiles, on 4 July.[HL6788]

In common with other members of the international community, we made it clear to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) before the missile launches that this would be seen as a provocative act, which would add considerable tension to an already complex regional situation. Following the launch on 5 July, my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary issued a Statement condemning the launch. The Statement can be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website at: www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029391638&a=KArticle&aid=1152008539175. We also made clear our views to the DPRK ambassador, who was summoned to the FCO, and directly to the DPRK Government in Pyongyang. The EU also issued a firm statement on 5 July protesting against the launches and we are working with EU partners to maintain a robust line. The EU statement can be found on the presidency website at: www.eu2006.fi/news_and_documents/cfsp_statements/vko27/en_GB/1152098594098/. The UN Security Council is discussing the matter.