The Vatican has expressed Pope Francis’ concerns over North Korea's nuclear testing to Vienna’s International Atomic Energy Agency, reports Crux.
Last Tuesday, the State-run Korean Central News Agency had reported that North Korea had successfully conducted a ground test of a new type of high-powered rocket engine.
Msgr Camillieri was speaking as the Vatican representative in the 60th General Assembly of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), taking place in Vienna from September 26-30.
“We view the situation in the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] with grave concern,” Msgr Camilleri said.
“The Holy See supports continued efforts by the international community to revive negotiations over denuclearisation and to enable the IAEA to resume its critical role in nuclear verification there.”
The Vatican representative also said the Church welcomes the IAEA’s participation in the “verification and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” adding that the Holy See sees this agreement positively.