Security Council focus this month is on protecting civilians in conflict

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Ambassador Kim Sook of the Republic of Korea

Protection of civilians in armed conflict will be the main area of focus for the UN Security Council this month, according to its new president, Ambassador Kim Sook of the Republic of Korea.

The country has assumed the rotating monthly presidency of the Council and Ambassador Sook outlined the programme of work for February during a press conference in New York on Monday.

Asked about possible Security Council action in the event North Korea is to conduct another nuclear test, which is banned under Council resolutions, the ambassador answered in his national capacity.

 "I am speaking on my behalf, not for the rest of the Council members. But as I have witnessed the consultations of the Council members in the Security Council for the past month, well,  everybody is unified and they are very firm and resolute and I would expect very firm and strong measures to be taken in terms of format as well as in substance once they go ahead with such provocation that the Security Council condemns not to do that." (40 secs)

The Republic of Korea, or South Korea, is one of five new non-permanent members who joined the Security Council in January.

Ambassador Sook said the Council calendar for February includes an open debate on protecting civilians in armed conflict, as well as briefings on developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali and Somalia.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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