I strongly condemn the most recent reported ballistic missile tests conducted by North Korea. Once again, these missile tests are in direct violation of a series of Security Council Resolutions which require North Korea to cease all activities related to its ballistic missile programmes and to abandon all existing weapons of mass destruction programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner. These most recent tests, where three missiles reportedly landed in Japanese controlled waters, are especially provocative.
Last December, NATO met its regional partners Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea, and together we urged North Korea to refrain from further provocative acts. I repeat that call today. North Korea urgently needs to re-engage in meaningful dialogue with the international community.