UN political chief urges Security Council to ‘remain united, take appropriate action’ on DPR Korea

The top United Nations political official urged the Security Council to remain united and take appropriate action against Sunday’s nuclear explosive test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

“The latest serious developments require a comprehensive response in order to break the cycle of provocations from the DPRK,” said Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, in an emergency Council meeting, noting that “such a response must include wise and bold diplomacy to be effective.”

Mr. Feltman, however, stressed the importance of responding to humanitarian needs regardless of the political situation as the people of the DPRK rely on the international community to provide humanitarian assistance. Today’s meeting was the Council’s second emergency meeting on the DPRK in less than a week and the tenth time the body has met to discuss the DPRK this year.