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North Korea Addresses UN 62nd Session
UN officials express their support for inter-Korean summit
Ronda Hauben (netizen2)     Print Article 
Published 2007-10-04 14:50 (KST)   
Explaining that North Korea was making a sincere effort to resolve the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula, Choe Su Hon, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea made his nation's presentation at the General Debate opening the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

He described how North Korea had acted in self defense as a small nation, to safeguard its "national sovereignty and dignity in the face of U.S. threats of preemptive nuclear strikes and harsh economic sanctions."

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Choe told the United Nations General Assembly that the principle of "words for words and actions for actions" was the basis for progress in the Six-Party talks that were going on between North Korea, South Korea, the U.S., China, Japan and Russia. This required, he explained, removing the "deep rooted hostile U.S. policy" toward his country that had persisted for "over half a century." This also would involve the normalizing of bilateral relations between the U.S. and North Korea. With respect to Japan, Choe said there was the need for it to "discard its hostility toward the DPRK as they have pledged to do."

While Choe was speaking to the member states of the United Nations in New York City, the inter Korean Summit was taking place in Pyongyang. Choe told his international audience that "the north-south summit now under way in Pyongyang will be of great significance." He said it would take the "inter-Korean relations to a higher stage." As long as the north and south sit fact to face, in the spirit of national independence and love for the country and nation, he proposed that all problems between the north and south "can be surely resolved in the interests of our nation regardless of differences in ideas and systems."(1)

The Summit between the north and south was greeted by others at the United Nations with support and encouragement. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his hope for the success of the summit so that it "will lead to increased inter-Korean reconciliation and cooperation, as well as promoting co-prosperity." He said that "the United Nations stands ready to provide assistance as may be required."(2)

Srgjan Kerim, the President of the General Assembly also offered his congratulations and good wishes for the success of the Summit. His spokesman told the press that, "the President wishes to commend the two leaders for their brave initiative and further encourages them to use the opportunity of their meeting to make progress on promoting peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and on inter-Korean reconciliation." He said that "it is in the interest of all Member States of the United Nations to achieve progress on those issues," emphasizing that "it is through dialogue that differences between Member States can best be resolved."(3)

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1) Press Release, Statement , by H.E. Mr. Choe Su Hon, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Delegation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
In the General Debate of the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Oct 2, 2007

2) Secretary-General welcomes upcoming summit in pyongyang, hopes 'historic' meeting

3) Statement on Inter-Korean Summit Attributable to Spokesperson
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