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July 31, 2021

Ban Ki-moon urges North Korea to end missile tests

SOCHI – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on North Korea to refrain from carrying out any further missile tests. He was speaking as Pyongyang test-fired a fourth short-range missile over
the weekend.
Such launches are routine but come as countries in the region are trying to break a stalemate in relations there, the BBC ‘
reports. Ban urged Pyongyang to lower the tensions in the region and “resume dialogue” over its nuclear programme.
Speaking in Russia after talks with President Vladimir Putin, Ban called the missile tests “a provocative action”.
Meanwhile, South Korea’s defence ministry reported a missile launch from the North’s east coast on Sunday. The same ministry said on Saturday that Pyongyang had carried out three missile tests.
“I hope that North Korea will refrain from such actions,” Ban told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency. “It is time for them to resume dialogue and lower the tensions. The United Nations is willing to help.” Ban also called on
Russia – a member of the stalled six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear programme – to help bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table. Tensions were raised this year between North Korea and its neighbours and the US.

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