UN chief urges NKorea not to conduct nuclear test

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FILE – In this Dec. 21, 2012 file image made from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at a banquet for rocket scientists in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea’s top governing body warned Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 that the regime will conduct its third nuclear test in defiance of U.N. punishment, and made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States. The National Defense Commission, headed by the country’s young leader, rejected Tuesday’s U.N. Security Council resolution condemning North Korea’s long-range rocket launch in December as a banned missile activity and expanding sanctions against the regime. AP Photo/KRT via AP Video, File

UNITED NATIONS—Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is appealing to North Korea not to conduct another nuclear test and do more for the well-being of its people who face a “dire” humanitarian situation.

He told a group of journalists Thursday that the United Nations has been trying to provide humanitarian assistance to North Korea, but because of the crisis over a possible nuclear test and tensions on the Korean peninsula the response from international donors has been very low.

As a result, Ban said, he needs to tap into the U.N. emergency relief fund for money to provide humanitarian aid to North Korea.

He again urged key nations that have been trying to rein in the North’s nuclear program to call on Pyongyang to refrain from “any provocative measures, like conducting nuclear tests.”

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  • Moses Isaiah Palces

    Even the UN can’t stop whatever N. Korea’s going to do. Sovereignty presides within the state, and their willingness to follow the int’l law book is just not there. Sanctions must be made.

  • doublecross

    go on with your idea. think of the future.

  • w33k3nd3r

    The globe’s still undergoing crises and the Hermit Kingdom is being a real pain in the butt. Instead of it demanding stuff and shallowly threatening the global community, why won’t the global community just nail their despot government?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    If NoKor is just disregarding UN, then perhaps UN should also stop humanitarian aid so that NoKor will divert its budget for nuke weapons to food for its people.

  • juancrossofthe

    Why does the UN is giving aid or help for humanitarian reason when the North Korean communist government is spending and wasting money for armaments? … convince the people to revolt against their government… have a jasmine spring like in the middle east…that’s my opinion..

  • tarikan

    Always provoking this North Korea. In the field of nuclear armaments she is provoking, in diplomacy she is provoking, in food aid she provokes the international donors into giving. What gives? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    KIM JUNG UN PIGY BOY! NORTH KOREA PITY NATION IN THE WORLD

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