Ban Ki-moon's speeches

Opening remarks at press conference on tensions on the Korean peninsula

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Andorra la Vella (Andorra), 02 April 2013

Before I turn to your questions, let me say a few words about the rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

I am deeply troubled.

As Secretary-General, it is my duty to prevent war and to pursue peace. It is also my responsibility to state that the current crisis has already gone too far.

Nuclear threats are not a game.

Aggressive rhetoric and military posturing only result in counter-actions, and fuel fear and instability.

Things must begin to calm down, as this situation, made worse by the lack of communication, could lead down a path that nobody should want to follow.

There is no need for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to be on a collision course with the international community. I am convinced that nobody intends to attack DPRK because of disagreements about its political system or foreign policy.

However, I am afraid that others will respond firmly to any direct military provocation.

Dialogue and negotiations are the only way to resolve the current crisis.

As Secretary-General of the United Nations, I am ready to help the parties to embark on this journey.

Thank you.