Statement on North Korea by the NATO Secretary General
I condemn the launch by North Korea of a multistage rocket. This launch is highly provocative, and in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1718 barring North Korea from developing ballistic missile capability or launching ballistic missiles. This launch will only deepen concern about North Korea in the region and beyond, and complicate the 6-Party talks.
I call on North Korea to cease such provocative actions and to respect immediately a moratorium on all long-range missile launches.