“It is highly regrettable that
North Korea has once again chosen to conduct missile tests. This
further escalates tension in the region and is therefore a worrying
development,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.
This is the first North Korean test
launch since 1998. Norway has supported international efforts to
persuade North Korea to refrain from such action.
“We continue to be deeply worried
over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme. North Korea must
without delay discontinue this programme and subject all of its
nuclear activities to international control. It is therefore
important that the talks aimed at finding a diplomatic solution to
the issue of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme are
successful,” Mr Støre concluded.