UN chief promises full support for Pres. Park's trust-building process
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is very pleased with the recent progress made in inter-Korean relations.
Speaking to reporters in Seoul on Monday, the UN chief said the agreement by the Koreas to reopen the Gaeseong Industrial Complex as well as the ongoing talks on the resumption of family reunions were the outcome of President Park Geun-hye's new North Korea policy.
"As the UN Secretary-General, I fully support President Park's vision for a fundamental solution to inter-Korean relations through her trust-building process with the North, which includes easing tensions on the Korean peninsula and building trust."
The visiting UN chief said the United Nations has already begun reviewing President Park's proposal for creating a peace park within the demilitarized zone and added that the UN will fully support the plan once the two Koreas reach an agreement on the issue.
When asked whether he would pay a visit to the North, Ban said he was leaving all possibilities open as long as he can contribute to the improvement of inter-Korean ties.
"I think it's the role of the UN Secretary-General to first allow the concerned parties to resolve issues through dialogue and provide political support on the sidelines, but I will discuss the issue of visiting the North and more with both Koreas at an appropriate time."
Ban also touched upon the looming conflict in Northeast Asia, largely arising from Japan's denial of its historical wrongdoings.
"The UN chief stressed that the neighboring countries will be able to maintain future-oriented relations only when Japan establishes a correct sense of history, and he urged Japanese politicians to act accordingly.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News."
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