UN chief urges DPRK to return to dialogue

2013-02-12 08:27:59 GMT2013-02-12 16:27:59(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has discussed the humanitarian situation in the DPRK in a speech to the Council of Foreign Relations. He expressed hope Pyongyang would be open to a change of heart through peaceful communication.

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, said, "I have urged the new leadership of Pyongyang to refrain from any further provocative actions, particularly another nuclear test. It is time for the DPRK authorities to heed the unified call of the international community to return to dialogue for the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula. They should also address international concerns, including about a dire humanitarian and human rights situations. Should they reverse cause, doors are open for the DPRK to build a better future."

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