UN Secretary-General’s remarks at press encounter on US-DPRK Summit
11 June 2018
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for your presence.
I usually come before you to express deep concerns about unfolding developments and trends around the world. Today, a bit of good news. I want to address a promising development for global peace and security.
The world is closely watching what will take place in Singapore in a few hours’ time. I commend the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United States for pursuing a diplomatic solution. I also thank all those who contributed to creating the conditions for this key moment. The two leaders are seeking to break out of the dangerous cycle that created so much concern last year.
Peace and verifiable denuclearization must remain the clear and shared goal. As I wrote to both leaders last month, the road ahead will require cooperation, compromise and a common cause. There will be inevitable ups and downs, moments of disagreement and tough negotiations.
Relevant parts of the United Nations system stand ready to support this process in any way, including verification if requested by the key parties. They are the protagonists. The International Atomic Energy Agency has a mandate to apply safeguards on all nuclear material in peaceful use, including all material removed from military programmes. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty Organization could also play an important role in monitoring the DPRK’s announced moratorium on nuclear explosive tests.
The Security Council has consistently underlined its desire for a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation, as well as urging further work to reduce tensions. I particularly welcome the trust-building and momentum on the inter-Korean track, as evidenced by the recent Panmunjom Declaration.
Going forward, I urge attention to the humanitarian situation in the DPRK, where we are seeking $111 million to meet the immediate needs of six million of the most vulnerable people. The people of the DPRK need our generosity and help. It is also important that diplomatic processes pave the way for progress on human rights issues, from family reunions to engagement with international mechanisms.
In closing, I hope all parties will seize this opportunity to support a peaceful, prosperous, secure, and verifiably denuclearized Korean Peninsula. Let us build on this positive momentum for the people of the Korean Peninsula and the wider world.