UN chief encouraged by proposed DPRK-US talks

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he is “encouraged” by the announcement of an agreement between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to hold a summit meeting by May.

“Guterres commends the leadership and vision of all concerned and reiterates his support for all efforts towards peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions,” said UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric in a statement on Friday.

The statement follows yesterday’s reported proposal by the DPRK to hold talks with the US and its southern neighbour, the Republic of Korea, and to put its weapons and missile testing programmes on hold during the discussion.

In his speech to the Munich Security Conference last month, Guterres said, “Even if the relations between the two Koreas improved, — the central question remains the question of denuclearization.” He noted that this question requests, “We all engage actively in order to be possible for, I would say, the two key stakeholders in relation to this crisis, the United States and North Korea, to be able to come together and have a meaningful discussion on these issues.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency