Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs on the UN Security Council's resolution on North Korea

Sweden welcomes the resolution on North Korea adopted today by the UN Security Council. It is very important that the Security Council has been able to respond forcefully and that the Security Council remains united.

Sweden condemns in the strongest terms the test of a nuclear device conducted by North Korea on 2 September. This is a serious breach of the country’s international obligations, UN Security Council resolutions and the principles set out in the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). North Korea’s actions are a threat to international peace and security.

Sweden urges North Korea to immediately cease its provocative actions, fulfil its international obligations and begin phasing out its nuclear weapons and missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.

It is now more important than ever to take measures to reduce tensions and the risk of misunderstandings and mistakes. We share the concern of the countries in the region.

In the longer term, the situation can only be resolved through peaceful means. It is therefore of great importance to continue to encourage dialogue and confidence-building measures.