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UN calls on DPRK to take steps to de-escalate situation
The United Nations Monday called on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to take all the steps necessary to de-escalate the situation and return to dialogue and denuclearization, said a spokesperson.
UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told a daily briefing that the UN is deeply concerned about the rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula and call on all parties to "redouble their diplomatic efforts."
He said the latest missile launch from DPRK is "troubling," while noting that all Security Council resolutions must be fully implemented.
The DPRK attempted on Sunday to test-fire an unidentified missile on its east coast, which was believed to have failed, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The Pentagon confirmed later that the latest missile launch by the DPRK had failed.
The DPRK is banned from testing ballistic missile technology under UN Security Council resolutions.
Earlier on Monday, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in South Korea that "an era of strategic patience is over" on the issue of DPRK.
[Source: Xinhua, United Nations, 17Apr17]
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