G8 asks N Korea to refrain from provocative action

Leaders of the G8 countries have asked North Korea to refrain from any provocative actions like missile launch.

Last Updated: May 20, 2012, 10:39 AM IST

Washington: Leaders of the G8 countries have asked North Korea to refrain from any provocative actions like missile launch and comply with its international obligations.

"We continue to have deep concerns about provocative actions of the Democratic People`s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that threatens regional stability," G8 countries said yesterday in their Camp David declaration after their leaders concluded their two-day meet in this historic presidential retreat.

The G8 leaders expressed concern about the DPRK`s nuclear programme, including its uranium enrichment programme, and condemned the country`s April 13, 2012 launch that used ballistic missile technology in direct violation of UNSC resolution.

"We urge the DPRK to comply with its international obligations and abandon all nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner. We call on all UN member states to join the G8 in fully implementing the UNSC resolutions in this regard," the declaration said.

"We affirm our will to call on the UN Security Council to take action, in response to additional DPRK acts, including ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests. We remain concerned about human rights violations in the DPRK, including the situation of political prisoners and the abductions issue," the G8 leaders said.

Earlier in the day, the US President Barack Obama said that G8 has agreed that North Korea is violating its international obligations and there`s a path for it to rejoin the international community.

"That objective will not happen if the North Koreans continue along the path they`ve been on over the past few months," he added.

PTI