It seems the South Korea’s efforts to put
North Korea in the spotlight at a big diplomatic conference in Beijing was success.
Pyongyang took up a sizable portion in the event’s joint declaration.
Kwon Soa reports. In a declaration adopted by all of its 26
members, Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, or CICA,… strongly
condemned North Korea’s nuclear test earlier this year, and the following string of missile
launches and reaffirmed that its weapons program must be abandoned once and for all. “I hope that CICA will play a special role
in blocking advance in North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities, and in stopping North
Korea from conducting another nuclear test.” South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se
called on his fellow foreign ministers to show leadership in thoroughly implementing
UN Security Council’s resolution 2270. Chinese President Xi Jinping in his opening
remarks to the meeting vowed to fully implement those sanctions.
He touted China’s efforts to deal with North Korea’s provocations… and asked other nations
to push forward to bring about stability in Northeast Asia. ” hope all sides will exercise restraint,
do not provoke tension between each other, instead should work together to bring the
peninsula nuclear issue back to the path of resolution with dialogue and negotiation as
soon as possible.” Following a bilateral meeting on Wednesday
with his Chinese counterpart Wanf Yi, Minister Yun met on Thursday with Russian foreign minister
Sergey Lavrov to discuss the North Korean issue. “During the talks China and Russia expressed
serious concern about North Korea’s unpredictability and the development of its nuclear and missile
capabilities.” Minister Yun extended his conversations on
the matter with many other counterparts,… including the top diplomats from Turkey, Thailand,
Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan,… reflecting South Korea’s wish to have everyone’s consensus
on pressuring North Korea. Kwon Soa, Arirang News.