United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who is in Seoul for meetings with South Korean leaders, said today that he fully supports efforts to fully denuclearize North Korea.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express my unequivocal support for the complete, credible and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, particularly North Korea, and to say that this goal is fundamentally important to us in order to achieve regional security , peace and stability,” he said during his meeting with President Yun Suk-geol.
Wun, who belongs to the conservative faction and took office in May, has said he is open to diplomacy but has also pledged to use very strong military means to prevent Pyongyang from using its weapons.
North Korea has carried out a series of missile tests this year and officials in Seoul and Washington say it appears to be preparing to test a nuclear weapon for the first time since 2017, with denuclearization talks deadlocked.
Pyongyang also says it is open to diplomacy, but accuses the US and South Korea of maintaining hostile policies such as sanctions and military gymnasiums.
In a meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin, Guterres pledged to support diplomatic efforts to persuade North Korea to surrender its nuclear weapons.
“Anything that can be done to start a process of dialogue, with the goal of denuclearization, will be welcomed and will have the full support of the United Nations,” he said.
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