1st LD-Writethru: UN chief says ready to visit Pyongyang at appropriate conditions
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 19, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said that with "appropriate conditions
created," he is ready to visit Pyongyang himself and "discuss with
the leaders of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) on
all the issues to help facilitate, first of all, the dialogue,
exchange and cooperation between the two parties of Korea."
The secretary-general, who was the former foreign minister
of South Korea, made the statement as he was answering a question
at his year-end press conference here.
"When time comes, when appropriate condition is created, I'm
ready to visit myself Pyongyang to discuss with the leaders of
the DPRK on all the issues to help facilitate, first of all, the
dialogue, exchange and cooperation between the two parties of
Korea," Ban said. "And I will do whatever I can."
"I have been expressing my position (very clearly) when it
comes to the peace and stability, and dialogue and exchange and
cooperation between the Republic of Korea and the DPRK," he said,
noting that the DPRK has a new leadership.
Meanwhile, he also voiced his hope to see what he called "an
appropriate response" of the UN Security Council to the December
12 rocket launch by the DPRK.
"The provocative rocket launch by the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea has raised regional concerns and defied the
international community," Ban said. "I look forward to the
outcome of Security Council consultations on an appropriate
On December 12, the Security Council condemned the rocket
launch, saying that move is "a clear violation" of relevant
The condemnation was contained in a statement read to the
press by Mohammed Loulichki, the permanent representative of
Morocco to the United Nations, who holds the rotating council
presidency for December.
The DPRK's official KCNA news agency confirmed that the
country launched and orbited an earth observation satellite.
According to the KCNA, a Unha-3 rocket carrying the second
version of the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite blasted off from the
Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Phyongan Province, at
9:49 a.m. local time (0049 GMT) on December 12.
The satellite, said the KCNA, entered its preset orbit 9
minutes and 27 seconds after the lift-off, and started going round
the polar orbit.
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