NEW YORK/ROME, SEPTEMBER 5 – The nuclear standoff with North Korea is “the most dangerous crisis we face today,” the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned today at the stake-out of the UN Security Council. Guterres today “unequivocally” condemned the latest nuclear and missile tests by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), denouncing them as “profoundly destabilizing for regional and international security.”
Mr. Guterres reiterated his call on DPRK authorities to comply fully with its international obligations, including Security Council Resolution 2371, which was adopted last month. He welcomed yesterday’s meeting of the Security Council,” saying: “The unity of the Council is crucial in addressing this crisis. That unity also creates an opportunity to engage diplomatically to decrease tensions, increase confidence and prevent any escalation – all aimed at the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
The Secretary-General stressed dialogue and communication as necessary to avoid miscalculation or misunderstanding. “Confrontational rhetoric may lead to unintended consequences,” he elaborated. “The solution must be political. The potential consequences of military action are too horrific.”
In Rome the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs had a telephone conversation with his Japanese colleague, Taro Kono. “Italy is following with extreme and growing attention the situbatiuon in the Korean peninsula. The latest, serious violation of several Security Council resolution is a destabilizing factor for international peace and security in the region and in the rest of the world”. Alfano warned that the escalation of the latest days has unforeseeable implication not just in the Korean Peninsula but in the rest of the world”.
Alfano stressed that Italy stands with Japan and with the regional partners, and will continue to do its part as G7 rotating President and Chair of the UNSanctions Committee.
“Pyongyang must immediately abandon the development of its nuclear and missile programme in a total, verifiable and irreversible fashion. It must put an end to its course towards self-isolation and stop challenging the International Community,” said the Italian Minister encouraging the Security Council to adopt new sanctions. Alfano has confirmed to Japan’s Foreign Minister that Italy is also committed to strengthening measures within the EU as a means to put pressure on Pyongyang, and reconfirmed to his Japanese colleague “Italy’s solidarity to Japan and the other regional partners for the consequences of the irresponsible behaviour of the regime,” saying “he would be willing to work in close coordination to monitor the situation in the Peninsula.” (@OnuItalia)