South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday (Sept 21) addressed the UN General Assembly and repeated a call for a declaration to formally end the 1950-1953 Korean War.
“I once more urge the community of countries to mobilize its strengths for the end-of-war declaration on the Korean peninsula,” Moon said during a speech to the annual gathering of the globe body.
Washington has said Pyongyang must give up its nuclear weapons first.
“We seek concrete progress towards an available plan with tangible commitments that might increase stability on the Peninsula and within the region, also as improve the lives of the people within the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” he said, using North Korea’s official name.
The International atomic energy Agency reported last month that North Korea appears to possess restarted the operation of its main reactor wont to produce weapons fuels, as North Korea openly threatens to enlarge its nuclear arsenal amid dormant nuclear diplomacy with the united states.
When asked about North Korea’s nuclear program, which goes “full steam ahead” according to U.N. atomic watchdog chief Rafael Grossi, Moon said while North Korea has been “intensifying tension, launching missiles and conducting other activities, it’s of great relief that it’s kept good on its moratorium on nuclear tests and ICBM launches.”
Moon was also asked about North Korea’s criticism of the United States’ decision to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia. North Korean state media quoted an unidentified North Korean Foreign Ministry official who called the arrangement, made between the U.S., Britain and Australia, an “extremely” dangerous move, one that would set off a nuclear arms race.
Moon conceded it’s a “great pity that Korea still lives within the era of the cold war,” adding that while “remarkable changes” have taken place during his time in office, they need “yet to consolidate peace on Korea .”
Moon said he believes there’s a “possibility of resuming talks” and thus finding “a way, a pathway to the solution.”
Tensions are high between North and South Korea. Both countries have recently tested ballistic missiles. This came as a stark contrast to their 2018 agreement when the two rival nations vowed to denuclearize the peninsula and end the long war between them.