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Monday, February 24, 2020, 20:59
ROK seeks 'speedy resumption' of US-DPRK nuclear talks
By Reuters
Monday, February 24, 2020, 20:59 By Reuters

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha takes part in a panel discussion at the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 14, 2020. The 2020 edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) takes place from February 14 to 16, 2020. Christof STACHE / AFP

GENEVA - The foreign minister of Republic of Korea (ROK) called on Monday for a quick resumption of stalled  nuclear talks between the US and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), adding that her government stood ready to engage with Pyongyang to facilitate dialogue.

Kang Kyung-wha, addressing the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament, said the goal remained complete denuclearisation on the divided Korean peninsula.

A speedy resumption of the US-DPRK negotiations is critical so that all stakeholders maintain and build upon the hard-won momentum for dialogue

Kang Kyung-wha, foreign minister of Republic of Korea 

“A speedy resumption of the US-DPRK negotiations is critical so that all stakeholders maintain and build upon the hard-won momentum for dialogue. We stand ready to engage with the North in a way that facilitates and accelerates the US-DPRK dialogue,” Kang told the Geneva forum.

The DPRK is also referred to as North Korea while the ROK as South Korea.

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The ROK was promoting projects with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, she said, using the formal name of the isolated country.

“And we will do so adhering faithfully to the international sanctions regime on the DPRK,” Kang added.

The DPRK has been subjected to UN sanctions since 2006. They have been strengthened by the Security Council over the years in a bid to cut off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The DPRK continued to enhance its nuclear and ballistic missile programs last year in breach of United Nations sanctions, according to a confidential UN report seen by Reuters in New York this month.

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The DPRK told the Geneva talks last month that as the United States had ignored its year-end deadline for nuclear talks, it no longer felt bound by commitments, which included a halt to its nuclear testing and the firing of inter-continental ballistic missiles.

There was no immediate reaction from the delegations of US or DPRK on Monday as the meeting continued.

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