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|Date: 28 May 2009|
|New York - Indonesia hails the UN Security Council's statement on Monday (25/5) condemning North Korea's nuclear tests, its top representative at the UN headquarters here said.|
|"We hail the stance which the UN Security Council has taken in response to the nuclear test by North Korea," Indonesian ambassador to the UN Marty Natalegawa said told ANTARA here on Tuesday (New York time).|
Indonesia believed the UN Security Council needed to think of more than giving sanctions in dealing with the North Korean nuclear problem.
Marty made the statement in response to the UN Security Council's emergency meeting on Monday or several hours after North Korea conducted the test.
The meeting that lasted for less than an hour produced an agreement to condemn the North Korean action.
Indonesia itself has expressed concern over the North Korean nuclear test on May 25 2009.
The North Korean action is widely seen as a violation of UN Security Council Resolution Number 1718 issued in 2006 following North Korea's first nuclear test.
Through the resolution the UN Security Council banned North Korea to conduct all activities linked to atomic weapons and rocket programs.
The UN Council has also imposed a limited financial sanction and a partial trade and weapons embargo on Pyongyang.
Indonesia has met with various parties to express its concern over the North Korean test. Marty has met with key elements particularly UN Security Council members including from Japan as one of temporary members of the Security Council.
"We have said that for Indonesia the case is not only concerning not only in view of its potential threat on non-proliferation but also of the Asian countries," Marty said.
"We urged North Korea to adhere to the UN Security Council's resolution and to immediately return to the six-party dialogues," he said.
North Korea has rejected the six-party talks mechanism involving the US, South Korea, China, Russia and Japan.
Indonesia hopes the rejection will not close the possibility of continuing efforts to seek a dialogue such as through the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting in the near future.
"This may be one of the forums North Korea could still hold a dialogue with parties concerned," Marty said.
The UN Security Council on Tuesday (26/5) started discussing a new draft resolution to be imposed on North Korea.
When asked if Indonesia considered it necessary to impose more sanctions on North Korea Marty hinted that Indonesia would rather choose dialogues as the best way to settle the problem.
Indonesia held the view because of North Korea's adamant stance towards sanctions.
"There has been no discourse of increasing sanctions North Korea is being more isolated. The problem now is North Korea is already used to isolation. So it is important to think of (alternative solutions) more than that," Marty said.
"Our hope is the Security Council could convey its stance unitedly calling on North Korea to abide by the UN Security Council's resolution and return to six-party talks," he said. (ANTARA)