Minister Didier Reynders condemns in the strongest terms the sixth nuclear test conducted by North Korea

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders condemns in the strongest terms the sixth nuclear test conducted by North Korea in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Through its provocative actions North Korea endangers not only regional but also international security.

Peace on the Korean peninsula will not be achieved by the development  of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. North Korea pushes itself into an ever greater isolation and thus misses the chances of lasting peace and prosperity for its own people. Minister Reynders calls on North Korea to finally change its course, to comply with the resolutions of the Security Council and to take the necessary steps towards a North Korea without nuclear weapons.

North Korea is the only country which has carried out nuclear tests in this century. This shows the crucial importance of a swift entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. This is the only way to enforce a global and definitive ban on nuclear testing. The entry into force of the Treaty depends on a number of accessions and Minister Reynders will undertake additional efforts to achieve this goal. During the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly, he will, together with his Iraqi colleague, host a ministerial conference to gain more support for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. This conference will be followed by further bilateral and multilateral initiatives aimed at both government and civil society in those countries that are not yet a member of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.