A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (25 August) on the new test-firing of two ballistic missiles by North Korea on 24 August:
The German Government condemns the new test of two short-range missiles by North Korea. With a series of illegal missile tests in recent weeks, North Korea is blatantly violating its obligations under relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. The seventh test-firing so far of a ballistic missile confirms doubts regarding North Korea’s declared willingness to denuclearlise.
The German Government calls on North Korea to refrain from provocations and return to the negotiating table. The German Government supports diplomatic efforts that aim to denuclearlise North Korea. To achieve a better and secure future, North Korea must completely, verifiably and irreversibly end both its ballistic missile programmes and its programmes to develop weapons of mass destruction.