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27 February 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his strong commitment to promoting peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, during his discussion with the new President of the Republic of Korea (ROK), Park Geun-hye.
In a telephone call with Ms. Park, the Secretary-General expressed serious concerns about Pyongyang’s recent provocations, particularly its recent nuclear test, according to information provided by his spokesperson.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) conducted its third, long-threatened nuclear test on 12 February, a move that was in violation of Security Council sanctions and that drew widespread condemnation, including from Mr. Ban.
Mr. Ban, during the call, voiced his support for the “Korean Peninsula Peace Process” envisioned by Ms. Park. He also expressed his strong commitment to work with the new ROK Government in promoting peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, including through addressing nuclear, humanitarian and other concerns regarding the DPRK.
The two also discussed ways to further deepen cooperation between the UN and the ROK, with the Secretary-General stating that he looked forward to Seoul’s continued support for the world body and its active role in the areas of peacekeeping, addressing the climate change challenge, sustainable development and promoting global education.
Mr. Ban also voiced appreciation for the ROK’s constructive role in dealing with a number of regional conflicts as a non-permanent member of the Security Council.