UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned North Korea against its growing nuclear threats.
Ban on Tuesday opened the 71st annual debate of the UN General Assembly addressing key global issues.
[Sound bite: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon]
"On the Korean Peninsula, the fifth nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has again threatened regional and international security."
"Meanwhile, the people's suffering and plight are worsening. I urge the leaders of the DPRK to change course and fulfill their obligations—to their own people and to the family of nations."
In his final speech at the UN General Assembly as the head of the international governing body, Ban also slammed the leaders of Syria and South Sudan for failing to protect their people.
He also urged UN members states to swiftly ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change.
A total of 193 leaders and others representing their countries will deliver speeches during the seven-day UN gathering in New York through Monday.