Monday, 20 March 2023 22:13

Spate of missile launches triggers call for unity on Korean Peninsula

Raising alarms that the situation on the Korean Peninsula is heading in the “wrong direction”, a senior UN official appealed to the UN Security Council for unity on Monday, following a spate of missile launches in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia, and the Americas Miroslav Jenča told the Council that the Korean Peninsula must be “an area for cooperation” and not for escalating tensions. In this regard, the Security Council’s unity is “essential” to ease tensions and overcome the diplomatic impasse.

"With the current heightened tensions with the DPRK, any security misstep could trigger significant escalation with drastic consequences for human rights," Special Rapporteur Elizabeth Salmón warned the Human Rights Council.

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