New York

25 April 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

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.