“Reckless, wilful, provocative and reprehensible” are some of the adjectives used by Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird in a statement issued on 11 December 2012, soon after the DPRK announced its satellite launch. The text is found on the website of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and reads as follows:
“Canada unequivocally condemns North Korea’s provocative ballistic missile test.
“North Korea’s reckless actions clearly demonstrate its wilful defiance of its international obligations, outlined in numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions.
“The regime in Pyongyang is a grave threat to the security and stability of the region and beyond.
“With this latest launch, the rogue regime has once again shown total disregard for its people by choosing to fund military and nuclear programs while the basic needs of the North Korean people go unmet.
“Canada urges North Korea to cease this reckless behaviour and to live up to its international obligations.
“Canada stands with the international community in condemning this reprehensible act.”
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