The Secretary-General of the United Nations, antónio Guterres, expressed hope that the successful negotiations between the Korean people’s Democratic Republic and South Korea will achieve the denuclearization of the Peninsula. This is stated in the statement at a press briefing in new York on behalf of the head of the organization made by his spokesman Stefan Dyuzharrik, reports the UN news Center.
«The Secretary-General welcomes the progress achieved at the inter-Korean high-level talks, held on 9 January, especially an agreement to reduce military tensions, to hold talks between the military representatives of the two countries and to resume the use of hot line communication», – said in a statement.
Guterres believes that the restoration and strengthening of channels of communication is essential to reduce the likelihood of miscalculations and misunderstandings, as well as to defuse tensions in the region.
«UN Secretary-General welcomed the DPRK’s decision to send a delegation to the winter Olympic games. Previously members of the UN General Assembly declared that the Olympic games should promote the creation of an atmosphere of peace and tolerance and understanding between States. This is especially true for the Korean Peninsula», – said the speaker of the General Secretary.
January 9, in the demilitarized village of Panmunjom on the border between North and South Korea were the diplomatic negotiations. The main topic was the potential involvement of North Korea in the winter Olympics, which will be held from 9 to 25 February in South Korea’s Pyeongchang.
The North Korean side during the talks, proposed sending a delegation of high rank, of a group of artists and athletes, and journalists to the Olympics in 2018.
South Korean diplomats have taken the initiative to athletes of both countries came together at the opening ceremony and closing of Games.
Technically North and South Korea are still at war after the 1950-1953 war countries never signed a peace agreement.
The last meeting of high-ranking representatives of Seoul and Pyongyang took place in December 2015. North Korea has halted talks after South Korea had withdrawn from the project Kaesong industrial zone in North Korea. Seoul called the move a response to North Korea’s nuclear tests.
On 3 January 2017, the head of the DPRK Kim Jong-UN has ordered the resumption of a hot line with South Korea. Telephone calls representatives of the two countries took place on the same day.
Guterres welcomed the success of talks between the two Koreas 10.01.2018