‘Path to peace’ on Korean Peninsula only possible through diplomacy and full denuclearization: US tells Security Council

UN Photo/Loey Felipe
The UN Security Council debates the issue of nuclear non-proliferation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.

If the leadership of North Korea follows a diplomatic path to end its nuclear weapons programme, then a “much brighter future lies ahead” for its people, the US Secretary of State told the Security Council on Thursday.

Mike Pompeo, chairing a ministerial-level meeting convened by the United States on North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), said that “final, fully-verified denuclearlization” was essential.

Saying that the world was at the “dawn of a new day” over the Peninsula, Mr. Pompeo said “the Korean people, the region, and the world, will never realize the full promise of the future, if we do not seize this unprecedented diplomatic opening for peace.”

He said that North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, and President Donald Trump – following their historic summit in Singapore – “share a common, personal understanding of what must take place” to transform relations between the two countries, adding that he’d had a “positive meeting” with his DPRK counterpart on Wednesday, and work was well underway for a second leaders’ summit.

UN Photo/Loey Felipe

But on the implementation of Security Council resolutions which include punitive economic sanctions against North Korea, he said the US had evidence that a cap on petroleum imports to DPRK, had been “breached”, and illegal coal imports were continuing. He claimed that some members of the Security Council had been complicit with breaking an embargo on hosting North Korean labourers, in violation of sanctions.

China raises possibility of sanctions relief

China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, told the Council that his country welcomed the diplomatic efforts by the US and the Republic of Korea, or South Korea, towards denuclearization and lasting peace. He said that an “end of war” declaration to officially cease hostilities from the Korean War, would help build trust, and he called for six-party multilateral talks to continue.

On sanctions, he said that it was equally important to advance the political process. He said that the Council should consider allowing a relaxation of some economic sanctions, if North Korea was in compliance: “Given the positive developments…China believes that the Security Council needs to consider invoking in due course, this provision to encourage DPRK and other relevant parties, to move denuclearization further ahead.”

‘Critical role’ of Security Council

The foreign ministers of both South Korea, and Japan, were invited to brief the Council, in addition to the 15 members. For the Republic of Korea, Kang Kyung-wha, said the Council had played “a critical role” in adopting sanctions, to pressure DPRK to the negotiating table.

“In the last few months, it has taken a series of ‘for the first time’ actions, that were unthinkable, only a year ago,” she said. “We are committed to continuing to work with the international community, to ensure that the Council’s sanctions are faithfully implemented, even as we continue to engage North Korea, to facilitate substantial progress towards complete denuclearization.”

Japan’s foreign minister, Taro Kono, said international unity was “critical” and agreed with the US that the petroleum sanctions cap on imports, had been breached. “It is important that all Member States immediately stop supplying these products to North Korea”, he said.

He said that together with reports of other sophisticated attempts to evade sanctions, using ship-to-ship transfers and the selling of fishing rights, it meant that “the very authority of the decisions made by this Council, is at stake.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

COP21 Breaking News_10 December:#ParisAgreement: Points that remain in suspense

MEPs want to ensure sufficient funding for Connecting Europe’s future

This Netherlands football stadium creates its own energy and stores it in electric car batteries

“Be aware where you put your I Agree signature on and something else”; now Facebook by default opts you in an unseen private data bazar

Commuters in these cities spend more than 8 days a year stuck in traffic

Energy Union: EU’s effort towards a cleaner climate with integrated energy market

Here are 3 alternative visions for the future of work

Is the European Banking Union an impossible task?

Scotland and First Minister Salmond enter the most challenging battlefield for independence: Europe

This heroic doctor is waging war on rape and the stigma around it

“I believe that startups are for grown-up men, those, who have already achieved something “

Trump and Brexit: After the social whys the political whereto

Central African Republic: UN chief hails signing of new peace agreement

Main results of G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina

In Gaza, UN envoy urges Israel, Palestinian factions to step back from brink of a war that ‘everybody will lose’

‘Stop and listen’ to victims of terrorism, UN chief urges in message marking international day

He died so I could live: UN peacekeeper pays tribute to fallen colleague

Costa Coffee products (Copyright: Costa Coffee; Source: Costa Coffee website, Press area)

The start of the “Caffeine rush”: Coca-Cola acquires Costa Coffee days after Nestlé-Starbucks deal

A call for a new crop of innovators

“At the Environment Assembly citizens expect clean, not hot air”, the Head of UN Environment in Europe underscores in a Sting Exclusive

European Business Summit 2013: Where Business and Politics shape the future

It’s time for cybersecurity to go pro bono

“America first” policy goes against EU-US partnership, say MEPs

Why Eurozone urgently needs the ECB to print and distribute at least €500 billion

Online platforms required by law to be more transparent with EU businesses

Norway is known for its cold weather – but it’s been in the grip of a severe heatwave

3 ways activists are being targeted by cyberattacks

New state aid rules: Commission increases national support to farmers up to €25,000

The hidden cost of the electric car boom – child labour

Climate Change : An Already Health Emergency

VW emissions scandal: EU unable to protect its consumers against large multinationals

Libya: Attack on foreign ministry, an attack on all Libyans, stresses UN envoy

The Banking Union divides deeply the European Union

Why medicine is relevant to the battle against climate change

How Europe beat the financial crisis – and the risks it still faces

New European frontiers for renewable energy development

UNICEF delivers medical supplies to Gaza in wake of deadly protests

The world’s e-waste is a huge problem. It’s also a golden opportunity

Predatory labour taxation not an issue for the Commission

Security Council renews mandates of UN force monitoring separation area between Israel and Syria; AU-UN hybrid mission in Darfur

New identity cards deliver recognition and protection for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Draghi sees inflationary bubbles

Violent disorder is on the rise. Is inequality to blame?

Multilateralism: The only path to address the world’s troubles, signals Guterres

Bundesbank’s President Weidmann criticises France and the EU. Credibility at risk?

EU unfolds strategy on the Egypt question

GSMA outlines new developments for Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is driving Globalization 4.0

EU to scrutinise foreign direct investment more closely

Employers’ organizations work towards improving the enabling environment for sustainable enterprises

Africa-Europe Alliance: first projects kicked off just three months after launch

Reinforcing EU border security: Visa-exempt travelers will be pre-screened

Sub10 Systems @ MWC14: Bridging the Ethernet of the Future

ECB: The bastion of effective and equitable Europeanism keeps up quantitative easing

Our present and future tax payments usurped by banks

UN welcomes Angola’s repeal of anti-gay law, and ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation

China is a renewable energy champion. But it’s time for a new approach

Who will win the AI race? If countries work together, then the answer could be all of us

Eurozone: Avoiding a new Greek accident

The Ultimate Career Choice: General Practice Specialist

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s