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UN Secretary General Confirms Support for North Korea's Denuclearization

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Associated Press

Kim Tong-hyung

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (AP) — UN Secretary-General António Guterres said Friday that the United Nations is unwavering in its commitment to the complete denuclearization of North Korea. Declared. Even if a divided Security Council gives isolated states room to expand their nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Guterres, who met with South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol in Seoul, is North Korea's official nickname, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"There is a fundamental purpose to bring peace, security and stability to the whole region," he told Yoon, referring to South Korea's participation in international peacekeeping operations and climate change.

Guterres, who arrived in South Korea on Thursday, was expected to meet with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin afterwards to discuss the North Korean nuclear threat.

North Korea has test-launched more than 30 ballistic missiles this year, including the first ICBM flight since 2017. called “gangster-like” US-led pressure and sanctions.

The unusually fast pace of weapons demonstrations has forced Washington to accept the idea that North Korea is a nuclear state and ease much-needed sanctions. and a brinkmanship policy aimed at negotiating security concessions from the United States' perspective. Strength, experts say. The US and South Korean governments also say they are preparing to conduct their first nuclear test since North Korea claimed in September 2017 to detonate a nuclear warhead designed for an intercontinental ballistic missile. rice field.

The Biden administration has said it would seek additional sanctions if North Korea conducts another nuclear test, but the prospects for meaningful punitive action are unclear. China and Russia recently vetoed a US-sponsored UN Security Council resolution. The move tightens sanctions on North Korea over some of this year's ballistic missile tests and highlights the deepening divisions among the permanent members of the Security Council over Russia's war on Ukraine.

Mr. Guterres' meeting with South Korean officials took place the day after North Korea declared victory over him against COVID-19, the day after North Korea accused rival South Korea of ​​the coronavirus outbreak and vowed "deadly" retaliation. North Korea claims the initial infections were caused by leaflets and other objects flown across the border aboard balloons launched by South Korean anti-Pyongyang activists.

North Korea has a history of putting pressure on South Korea if it doesn't get what it wants from the United States, and North Korea's threats are rife with provocations that may include nuclear and missiles. There is concern that it may be an omen. Even a test or a border skirmish.