Non-proliferation/Democratic People's Republic of Korea - Security Council, 9406th meeting

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25-Aug-2023 01:33:10
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Measures needed to create space for diplomacy on Korean Peninsula, peacebuilding official tells Security Council following satellite launch by Pyongyang.
While stressing that the 24 August launch of a military reconnaissance satellite by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea posed serious risks to international civil aviation and maritime traffic and runs contrary to relevant Security Council resolutions, a senior United Nations official told Council members today that practical measures are needed to curb tensions and create space for diplomacy.
“Exercising maximum restraint is critical to avoid unintended escalation. Diplomacy and dialogue, not isolation, is the only way forward,” said Khaled Khiari, Assistant Secretary-General for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations. He emphasized the importance of re-establishing communication channels — particularly between military entities — and reversing the dangerous dynamics exacerbated by Pyongyang’s recent launch.
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