Global effort needed against nukes in NorthThe international community should step up efforts to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs because they pose a serious risk to global security and nuclear safety, an issue highlighted by the recent nuclear crisis in Japan, a ranking South Korean official said.
Delivering a keynote speech at a summit on nuclear energy in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday, South Korea’s Second Vice Foreign Minister Min Dong-seok said North Korea’s nuclear facilities, including its recently revealed uranium enrichment program, could have major political and social consequences for the world.
“In defiance of the international community’s repeated calls for denuclearization, North Korea has pursued nuclear weapons programs, announced withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and conducted two nuclear tests,” Min said. The treaty aims to limit the spread of nuclear weapons.
Denouncing the North’s newest nuclear program as a “clear violation” of UN resolutions and a 2005 agreement among member nations of the six-party denuclearization talks, the minister called for a “unified and resolute” response to push North Korea to abandon its nuclear programs in a “complete, verifiable and irreversible manner,” according to a transcript of his speech released by South Korea’s foreign ministry.
“We are also concerned about the safety of North Korea’s nuclear facilities,” Min said. “Pyongyang’s failure to comply with international standards in constructing nuclear facilities spells high vulnerabilities for the region in the event of a natural disaster.”
Japan’s nuclear crisis has sparked concern in South Korea that it may fall victim to a possible disaster at North Korea’s nuclear plants.
“To learn from the recent accident, the three Northeast Asian countries - South Korea, Japan and China - will make efforts to strengthen trilateral cooperation in nuclear safety,” Min said. “Such efforts need to take place on the international level.”
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