Wed, 30 Jan 2013 04:43:14 GMT

N Korean nuclear test statement needlessly provocative: US

From Lalit K Jha
Washington, Jan 29 (PTI) The North Korean statement that they are going ahead with another nuclear test is needlessly provocative, the Pentagon said today, stressing that this would be in violation of the UN Security Council resolution.

"I wouldn''t comment on intelligence matters, naturally, but they have stated, the North Koreans, that they might be preparing for a nuclear test. This statement is needlessly provocative and a test, if it occurred, would be a significant violation of UN Security Council resolutions," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.

"Further provocations would only increase Pyongyang''s isolation, and its continued focus on its nuclear missile programme is doing nothing to help the North Korean people," Little told Pentagon reporters.

"I would add that the UN Security Council adopted a resolution just a few days ago, and expressed its determination to take significant action in the event of a further launch of some sort of a missile or a nuclear test," he said.

"Look, at the end of the day we go through this cycle, it appears, with the North Koreans -- provocation and accommodation. And if we''re entering a provocative phase, and we hope we aren''t, that''s problematic," Little said.

"Ultimately, it''s problematic for the North Korean people.
It''s a problem for peace and security in that part of the world. The US will continue to monitor events closely, but the important thing is for the North Koreans to do the right thing," he said.

"They haven''t shown that willingness at some points in the past, and maybe they''ll take a different course in the future," he added.

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