Security Council "turns back" on North Korean concerns

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Ri Su Yong, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The UN Security Council has been accused by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) of turning its back on the country's concerns over military exercises on the Korean Peninsula.

DPRK or North Korea asked the Council to suspend the annual US-South Korea joint exercises which it says "seriously endanger peace and security" in the region.

Speaking in the United Nations General Assembly, the Foreign Minister of DPRK, Ri Su Yong, condemned the response of the Security Council.

"The Security Council turned its back. As the joint military exercises were led by its permanent member state, the Security Council was bound to close its eyes, block its ears and shut its mouth, no matter how enormous in scale, aggressive in purpose and dangerous in nature they were."  (24″)

The Foreign Minister also reiterated his country's wish to reunify the two Koreas by what he called the "confederation formula," where two political systems co-exist in a country.

He said it's the only way to "prevent war and safeguard peace."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration:  1’19″

 

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