Ban Ki-moon voices concern about Korean Peninsula

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon voiced his concerns over tension on the Korean Peninsula on Sunday following the Democratic People's Republic of Korea conducting nuclear missile tests Saturday.

The international community, including the United Nations Security Council and Ban, has called for North Korea to refrain from running its nuclear missile tests, as it may increase tensions on the peninsula. This is not the first time, however, the nation violated Security Council sanctions.

The DPRK conducted nuclear missile tests in February as well, leading to heightened Security Council sanctions on North Korean trade, banking and travel of targeted officials. Following this, the DPRK said it was cancelling the 1953 Amistad Agreement which brought peace to the DPRK and South Korea after the Korean War.

In Ban's statement, he addressed his concern over increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, noting the "risks of dangerous escalation."

Ban said he is ready to aid in the building of peace and trust for the nations on the Korean Peninsula.