BRUSSELS, South Korea's ambassador to Belgium and the European Union has urged the international community to induce North Korea to take positive measures for its complete denuclearization.
Ambassador Kim Hyoung-zhin on Wednesday said at a Korean Peninsula seminar in Brussels that both deterrence and engagement are needed to tackle the North Korean problems.
"We have to take caution but lead North Korea to continue to take affirmative measures for its complete denuclearization," said Kim at the seminar co-sponsored by the Free University of Brussels, the Brookings Institution of the United States and the Asan Institute for Policy Studies of South Korea.
Kim explained that for the same reasons, South Korean President Moon Jae-in recently asked French President Emmanuel Macron to consider easing sanctions on North Korea when its denuclearization process reaches an irreversible stage.
Referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's commitment to denuclearization made at the North's summit with the U.S. in June and with South Korea in September, the ambassador said, "Though the assessment (of Kim's commitment) differs, it is difficult to refute that the current dialogue process for denuclearization should be further encouraged."
"The shutdown of the Punggyeri nuclear test site and the ongoing dismantlement of the Tongchangri missile test site could be a good beginning for North Korea's denuclearization," the envoy said.
He stressed that close consultations are important among the relevant countries ahead of expected events, including the North Korean leader's visit to South Korea and Russia, second summit between the North and the U.S., and Pyongyang visits by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pope Francis.
"South Korea will make the utmost effort to attain complete denuclearization and permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula based on sustained inter-Korean relations," said Kim, calling for consistent support from the international community.
Source: Yonhap News Agency