South Korea calls for international efforts to resolve NK issue

By Yonhap

President Moon Jae-in meets with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York

  • Published : Sept 19, 2017 - 09:39
  • Updated : Sept 19, 2017 - 14:40
NEW YORK -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday called for coordinated efforts by the international community to peacefully resolve the North Korean nuclear issue, stressing the need to implement UN sanctions against the communist state to bring Pyongyang back to the dialogue table.

The call came in a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The South Korean leader arrived here earlier in the day on a four-day visit to attend the UN General Assembly.

"While saying he highly evaluated the swift and unanimous adoption of the UN Security Council resolution on Sept. 11, President Moon underscored the need for the international community to work together to thoroughly implement the resolution," Moon's spokesman Park Soo-hyun said of the meeting.

The latest sanctions resolution by the UNSC followed the North's sixth nuclear test staged Sept. 3.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the UN Headquarters in New York on Sept. 18, 2017. (Yonhap)

President Moon also asked the UN secretary-general to help resolve the North Korean nuclear issue fundamentally, comprehensively and peacefully, according to Park.

Guterres acknowledged the need for the international community to take "stern" measures, considering the seriousness of the North Korean nuclear issue and said he will work to find a solution to the problem through dialogue, the South Korean spokesman told reporters.

Moon said his country will also work with the world governing body to address various global issues, including climate change, terrorism and refugees.

Guterres said the UN hoped to expand its cooperation with South Korea in all areas, noting the country's contribution and leadership were already expanding in many global issues. (Yonhap)

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