UNITED24 - Make a charitable donation in support of Ukraine!

Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Iran Press TV

UN chief voices worries over North Korea situation

Iran Press TV

Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:28AM

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has voiced deep worries over the situation with North Korea, stressing that it is the world's worst crisis in "years."

"To date, we have had wars which have been initiated after a well thought-out decision," said Guterres in an interview published by the French Sunday newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche.

"But we also know that other conflicts have started through an escalation caused by sleepwalking…We have to hope that the seriousness of this threat puts us on the path of reason before it is too late," he added.

He went on to stress that North Korea must halt is nuclear and ballistic missile tests and start adhering to United Nation Security Council resolutions.

"We must also maintain the unity of the Security Council at all costs, because it is the only tool which can carry out a diplomatic initiative with a chance of success," he added.

Last week, the US presented a draft resolution to the UN Security Council, calling for an oil embargo on North Korea, an assets freeze on the country's leader Kim Jong-un, a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have heightened over Pyongyang's nuclear tests. Last week, the South Korean military said the North was preparing for another missile launch, possibly an ICBM test, a few hours after Seoul conducted a live-fire ballistic missile exercise, simulating an attack on the North's main nuclear site.

South Korea is among the countries that have voiced strong criticism of the North's sixth nuclear test.

Meanwhile, Russia and China have warned that peace on the Korean Peninsula is in jeopardy, calling for a dialogue between North Korea, on the one side, and the US allies, on the other side, to put an end to the tensions in the region.

Washington wants the council to vote on Monday over imposing tougher sanctions against Pyongyang, despite resistance from China and Russia.

Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list