Italy condemns with utmost determination the ballistic missile test conducted today in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The frequency of missile tests launched by Pyongyang and the constant development of the relevant technologies are a source of growing concern. Today’s test is yet another clear violation of the many resolutions issued by the United Nations’ Security Council. North Korea’s missile and nuclear programme represents a severe threat to the global non-proliferation policy, as well as to international peace and security. The Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea must immediately stop developing this programme, launching challenges to the international community and isolating itself. Italy is ready to contribute to the increasingly determined and cohesive reaction of the international community.