(NSI News Source Info) April 15, 2009: Russia's Foreign Ministry urged North Korea on Tuesday to comply with the ban on ballistic activities imposed by the UN Security Council, and to return to six-nation denuclearization talks. "We call on North Korea to fulfill UN Security Council Resolution 1718... and to return to the negotiating table in the interests of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula and ensuring security for all regional states," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The resolution, adopted in October 2006 after Pyongyang's nuclear test, demands "that the DPRK not conduct any further nuclear test or launch of a ballistic missile." Pyongyang earlier on Tuesday signaled its withdrawal from the six-nation talks on ending its nuclear program, saying: "there is no need for the international denuclearization talks any more." The announcement came after the UN Security Council issued a unanimous statement on Monday condemning North Korea's April 5 rocket launch, which many countries suspect was a test of a long-range missile. The Russian ministry said it welcomes the Security Council's decision to review the list of North Korean commodities and individuals subject to restrictions. The ministry statement highlighted the importance of further talks between the six nations - North and South Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the United States - and called on the sides to fulfill their commitments. The 15-member Security Council convened for an emergency meeting late on Sunday at Japan's request, to discuss sanctions against Pyongyang over the rocket launch, but strong opposition from Russia and China prevented the adoption of even a preliminary statement of condemnation. North Korea claimed the rocket, which was launched over Japan, successfully delivered a communications satellite into orbit, but the U.S. and South Korean militaries said all three stages fell into the ocean and that "no object entered orbit." The U.S. and other countries had argued for sanctions against Pyongyang, saying that the launch violated Security Council Resolution 1718, but Russia and China called for restraint on the grounds that the resolution does not prohibit the launch of satellites.
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