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U.N. chief welcomes Security Council resolution on N. Korea

All Headlines 01:53 March 03, 2016

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, March 2 (Yonhap) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the new Security Council resolution expanding sanctions on North Korea, saying it sent a clear message the communist nation should comply with its denuclearization obligations.

"The secretary-general welcomes the adoption of today's resolution 2270 (2016) in response to the recent nuclear test and launch using ballistic missile technology by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)," Ban's office said in a statement.

"Today's unanimous action by the Security Council has sent a clear message that the DPRK must return to full compliance with its international obligations. The secretary-general urges the DPRK to abide by the resolution and calls upon all member states to ensure its implementation," it said.

The Security Council's "firm response" should "put an end to the cycle of provocation and lead to the resumption of dialogue," and the U.N. chief reaffirms his commitment to working with all sides to reduce tensions and achieve the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the statement said.

Ban also reiterated the critical role of international assistance in safeguarding the lives of millions in the country, and urged Pyongyang to do more for the lives of its people. Genuine improvement in human rights is a necessary basis for long-term security and stability, it said.

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