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Germany: UN must mull North Korea sanctions

Published: 12 Feb 2013 10:21 GMT+01:00

Condemning the test "in the strongest possible terms", Westerwelle said in a statement: "Further sanctions against the regime in Pyongyang should now be considered."

He welcomed the fact that the UN was expected to hold an emergency session later on Tuesday. "The international community must have a clear position as a response to this new provocation," stressed Westerwelle.

He said that EU foreign ministers should also debate the crisis when they meet on Monday.

The nuclear test was a "new and blatant breach of the UN Security Council resolutions," said the minister.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said he is "gravely concerned about the negative impact of this deeply destabilising act" as the UN Security Council prepared to hold an emergency session at 9:00 am in New York (1400 GMT).

In defiance of stark international warnings, North Korea said it staged a successful test of a "miniaturized" bomb, prompting condemnation around the world.

AFP/mry

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

11:45 February 12, 2013 by Eastard
Such a shame to have a family line of pricks dominate an otherwise good country.. It is a shame that they cannot break out from under this rock... Such a worthless skill to have nuclear bombs when most of the citizens are hungry...
14:47 February 12, 2013 by SchwabHallRocks
I'm sure the North Korean Govt is worried now that Germany condemns their 3rd test.

Perhaps Germany will withhold Spaetlzle exports or do something equally forceful.
16:40 February 12, 2013 by lecturenotes2009
North Korea: Don't worry, Mr. Westerwelle, we will invite you and make Germany as our economic adviser. Soon, our people will be available as cheap labour for making your products from clothes like adidas, KiK, and cars. So, you can get even more more profit.

North Korea seeks German economic advice:

http://www.thelocal.de/money/20130105-47151.html#.URpg9fISX74
17:49 February 12, 2013 by bwjijsdtd
The following sanctions, if used properly, would work: Take his elevator shoes away, restrict all DVD sales with the exception of Snow White or Bambi, make him get a respectable haircut ... and finally ... make him wear a neck tie ...
18:27 February 12, 2013 by raandy
People are hungry there and this fat dork test a nuclear weapon.
01:50 February 13, 2013 by Eric1
Yes, the world will give him a piece of paper expressing their disappointment. Then have an emergency cocktail party at the UN. Problem solved.
05:30 February 13, 2013 by RainerL
A Country of puppets. Born in to such a place People do not know any different. A Country governed by a Military and their Conductor.
14:45 February 13, 2013 by hboag
NK is a puppet of China and if anything is to be done with them, China must be pressured to reel in their errant puppet.
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