N. Korea should refrain from provocations - Quad leaders

Saturday, 25. September 2021 09:15

Leaders of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, also known as the Quad, called on North Korea to "refrain from provocations" and return to the negotiating table for denuclearization talks.

"We reaffirm our commitment to the complete denuclearization of North Korea in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions," the Quad said in a joint statement following its first in-person summit. "We urge North Korea to abide by its UN obligations, refrain from provocations. We also call on North Korea to engage in substantive dialogue," the countries added.

Earlier this month, Pyongyang announced it successfully conducted a launch of its new long-range cruise missile, while the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said North Korea is rapidly developing its nuclear program and likely resumed the operation of a 5-megawatt reactor at its main nuclear complex.

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