South Korea asks UN to verify closure of North Korea’s nuclear test site

Written by May 2, 2018 14:21

New Delhi: South Korean President Moon Jae-in has asked the United Nations to verify the planned closure of North Korea’s nuclear test site. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, Mr Moon made the request in a phone call to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The spokesman said, Mr Moon also asked for UN support to transform the demilitarised zone into a peace zone between the two Koreas.

North Korea's nuclear test siteMr Guterres pledged UN’s full support to further talks between Pyonyang and Seoul.

During a summit on Friday, Mr Kim had told Mr Moon that he planned to dismantle the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. The leaders pledged to pursue a permanent peace treaty and denuclearise the Korean peninsula.

North Korea's nuclear test siteThe Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s global nuclear watchdog, has the expertise to carry out verification missions.

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