UN chief affirms support for North Korea’s denuclearization

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has declared the United Nations’ steadfast commitment to a fully denuclearized North Korea, as the divided Security Council allows the country more opportunity to expand the program. nuclear weapons program.

Meeting with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in Seoul, Guterres said he affirmed the United Nations’ “clear commitment to the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” North Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”.

“There is a fundamental goal of bringing peace, security and stability to the entire region, and praised South Korea’s participation in international peacekeeping efforts and,” he told Mr. Yoon. combat climate change.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin during their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul (Jeon Heon-Kyun/AP/PA) (AP)

Mr. Guterres, who arrived in South Korea on Thursday, later met with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin to discuss the tentative deal around North Korea’s nuclear threat.

North Korea has test-fired more than 30 ballistic missiles this year, including its first intercontinental ballistic missile flights since 2017, as leader Kim Jong Un pushed to improve his nuclear arsenal. its own personnel in the face of what North Korea calls a “gangster-like” US-led pressure and sanctions.

The US and South Korean governments also said North Korea was preparing to conduct its first nuclear test since September 2017, when it claimed to have detonated a nuclear warhead designed for its ballistic missiles. me.

Although the Biden administration has vowed to push for additional sanctions if North Korea conducts another nuclear test, the prospect of meaningful sanctions remains unclear.

China and Russia recently vetoed US-sponsored resolutions at the United Nations Security Council that would increase sanctions on North Korea over some of its ballistic missile tests. them this year, underscoring the divisions among the permanent members of the council that have deepened Russia’s war with Ukraine.

Mr. Guterres’ meetings with South Korean officials come a day after North Korea claimed a widely controversial victory over Covid-19 but also blamed rival South Korea for the outbreak and vowed to “deadly” retaliation.

North Korea insists its initial infection was caused by leaflets and other objects that flew across the border on balloons launched by South Korean anti-Pyongyang activists, a statement Seoul described. is unscientific and “ridiculous”.

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