Press Room

MFA position on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea claim of hydrogen bomb test

Type: 
Press release
Date: 
01/06/16

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses concern of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s claim to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on January 6, 2016. If confirmed, the North Korean authorities’ nuclear test violates the UN Security Council’s Resolutions and is a challenge to peace and security in the region, as also stated by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

As Chair of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, Romania will continue to closely monitor developments in North Korean nuclear dossier and its regional and global implications.

 

Background:

If confirmed, this will be the fourth nuclear test by the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea after those of 2006, 2009 and 2013.

Romania was voted Chair of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) unanimously at the 45th Session of the Preparatory Commission for the CTBTO in Vienna on 16-17 November 2015. The position is exercised by Romania’s permanent representative in Vienna, Ambassador Cristian Istrate, as of 2016, which is also the anniversary of 20 since the Treaty was adopted and the Commission established.

The Preparatory Commission for the CTBT brings together diplomatic representatives of the 183 signatory States of the Treaty and is the decisional political forum of the CTBTO which pushes for the signing and ratification of the Treaty so as to get it to come into force. The Preparatory Commission also supports the construction and completion CTBT verification regime, which monitors compliance with comprehensive ban of nuclear tests.