South Korea calls for "roll back" of North Korea's nuclear weapons programme

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Yun Byung-se, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea

South Korea has called on the international community to unite to "roll back" North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

Yun Byung-se, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, the official name of South Korea, drew attention to the neighbour's ongoing weapons of mass destruction programme as the General Assembly continued its session on Friday.

He said despite a series of UN Security Council resolutions, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) or otherwise known as North Korea, continued to launch missiles and conduct nuclear tests as early as this year.

Mr. Byung-se cited Syria's recent agreement to surrender its chemical weapons as an example for the course of action in the case of North Korea.

"As is the case with Syria, the international community should forge united efforts to roll back DPRK's nuclear weapons programmes to prevent the advent of another nuclear-armed State. However, if the DPRK decides to give up its so-called parallel pursuit of economic development and nuclear armament, and in turn embarks on a path of genuine change through concrete actions, the Republic of Korea stands ready to help North Korea."

Alongside weapons of mass destruction, Mr. Byung-se added, terrorism also presents a serious threat to international peace and security in the 21st Century.

He said his country would continue to take part in global efforts to combat terrorism.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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