New York

29 February 2012

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on DPRK-US Talks

The Secretary-General is encouraged by the resumption of the DPRK-US dialogue and welcomes the positive and substantive progress achieved at their recent talks in Beijing. 


The Secretary-General hopes the expressed commitment by DPRK to take several initial steps will be implemented toward a verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The Secretary-General once again encourages the parties concerned to step up their efforts to settle outstanding issues by peaceful means including dialogue.


The Secretary-General also stresses the urgency of meeting the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable people in DPRK.