North Korean regime displayed dozens of missiles in last April’s military parade.
The Diplomat. 01/09/2017
The Spanish government reacted yesterday to the launching of another missile by North Korea summoning the DPRK’s Ambassador, Kim Hyok Chol, to convey the condemnation of these events and its decision to force Pyongyang to reduce its number of diplomats accredited in Madrid.
Currently, in addition to the ambassador, two diplomats are members of the DPRK Mission in Spain. Although sources of the Embassy consulted by The Diplomat avoided commenting, the Foreign Ministry confirmed yesterday that it will be the current “number two”, in charge of consular affairs, who will have to leave Spain.
In a statement published on its website (in Spanish) the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAEC) states that “Spain has condemned the successive nuclear tests and the launching of ballistic missiles by the DPRK, in violation of the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council United”. The note adds that “the DPRK’s nuclear and ballistic programs undermine the nuclear non-proliferation regime and create a serious threat to peace in the region and to global security”.
The Spanish authorities regret that “the constant demands of the International Community for the DPRK to give up these programs” face the “continuing challenge of their authorities, whose actions represent an increase of international tension and a serious risk of conflict”.
“The Embassy of the DPRK had been warned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the continuation of these actions would have consequences on bilateral relations”, the text concludes. The latest Spanish statement of condemnation was issued on August 29, following the launch of a ballistic missile that flew over the territory of Japan.