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UN Chief Expresses Full Support for N. Korea's CVID

Written: 2022-08-12 15:13:53Updated: 2022-08-12 15:46:09

UN Chief Expresses Full Support for N. Korea's CVID

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his full support for efforts for a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization(CVID) of North Korea.

At a luncheon with President Yoon Suk Yeol at his Yongsan office on Friday, the visiting UN chief said such an endeavor is fundamentally important in attaining regional security, peace and stability.

In the discussions, Guterres used the term "CVID," which was shelved under the previous Moon Jae-in administration to avoid offending Pyongyang. The secretary-general’s comments reflect the recent attention he has given to the issue, calling on the international community to strengthen the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons(NPT).

Citing Seoul's contributions to the UN through overseas peacekeeping operations, human rights activities and efforts to tackle climate change, Guterres pledged UN support for the South Korean government and people.

He also expressed condolences to the victims and their bereaved families of the recent rain-triggered flash floods in the country.

Yoon, in response, conveyed his respect for the UN chief and his appreciation for Guterres’ dedication to solving the difficult issues facing the international community.

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