U.N.'s Ban urges North Korea to refrain from nuclear test

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 27, 2012 8:31 AM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged North Korea not to take any further "provocative" actions, including carrying out a nuclear test.

North Korea has almost completed preparations for a third nuclear test, a senior source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing has said, an act that would draw further international condemnation following a failed rocket launch.

The isolated and impoverished state sacrificed the chance of closer ties with the United States when it launched the long-range rocket on April 13 and was censured by the U.N. Security Council, which includes the North's sole major ally, China.

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"Myself, in a statement as secretary general, have clearly urged them (North Korea) not to take any further provocative action, including nuclear tests," Ban Ki-moon said on a visit to New Delhi.

(Reporting by Nita Bhalla and Annie Banerji; editing by Malini Menon)