Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
New York, 25 April 2013
The Secretary-General has been closely following the situation on the Korean peninsula, and has sought to encourage dialogue between the two Koreas. He also appreciates the efforts of other concerned parties, including China, to this end.
The Secretary-General remains seriously concerned about the suspension of the Kaesong Industrial Complex. He is particularly concerned about the economic and humanitarian implications of this suspension.
The Secretary-General has described the Kaesong Industrial Complex as a successful example of inter-Korean cooperation which has promoted economic growth and served as a bridge between the two Koreas. He believes that this project should not be affected by political and security considerations.
The Secretary-General has taken note of the proposal of the Government of the Republic of Korea, dated 25 April, for working-level talks with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on the operation of the Kaesong Industrial Complex. He sincerely hopes the operation of the Complex can return to normal as soon as possible through dialogue.
Statements on 25 April 2013
- New York, 25 April 2013 - Remarks at a reception and concert for the children of Syria (as prepared for delivery)
- New York, 25 April 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks at re-opening of renovated Trusteeship Council Chamber
- New York, 25 April 2013 - Secretary-General's message on World Malaria Day
- Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 25 April 2013 - Secretary-General's video message to Global Vaccine Summit
- New York, 25 April 2013 - Secretary-General's Remarks at General Assembly Thematic Debate on the Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts in Africa [As delivered]