VIENNA - Member states of the UN atomic agency passed a resolution by consensus on Friday that "strongly urged" North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program, underlining Pyongyang's international isolation.

The text adopted without a vote by the General Conference of the 155-nation International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also called on North Korea, which is not a member of the Vienna-based UN agency, not to carry out a new nuclear test.

The IAEA conference "stresses its desire for a diplomatic resolution of the (North Korea) nuclear issue so as to achieve the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," it said.

It "reaffirms that (North Korea) cannot have the status of a nuclear-weapon state" under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the 1970 pact designed to prevent the spread of atomic arms. Similar resolutions have been adopted before.

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