South Korea calls for joint re­sponse to North

New Straits Times - - News / Story Of The Day -

South Korea has called for a joint in­ter­na­tional re­sponse to North Korea’s sus­pected use of the banned VX nerve agent in the mur­der of Kim Jongnam on Feb 13.

The call was made by South Korea’s Deputy Min­is­ter for Mul­ti­lat­eral and Global Af­fairs, Choi Jong-moon, at the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Chem­i­cal Weapons (OPCW) Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil’s 84th ses­sion at The Hague, Nether­lands.

South Korea’s For­eign Min­istry yes­ter­day said Choi had stressed that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing OPCW mem­ber states, should re­spond ac­tively to the use of VX, as well as other is­sues that threat­ened the foun­da­tion of the Chem­i­cal Weapons Con­ven­tion (CWC).

“He called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to pay at­ten­tion and re­spond res­o­lutely to the gravity of North Korea’s chem­i­cal weapons de­vel­op­ment, which has been over­shad­owed by its nu­clear and mis­sile pro­grammes.

“The deputy min­is­ter asked the OPCW di­rec­tor-gen­eral and the United Na­tions sec­re­tary­gen­eral to send to North Korea a joint let­ter urg­ing it to join the CWC; and the OPCW Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil to adopt a de­ci­sion con­demn­ing the use of the VX nerve agent and thereby send to North Korea a strong mes­sage that it will not ac­cept the use of chem­i­cal weapons,” said the state­ment pub­lished on the min­istry’s web­site.

Choi had also sug­gested that the OPCW Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil held a spe­cial meet­ing to dis­cuss fol­low-up mea­sures af­ter Malaysia re­leased fi­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion results.

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