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Nuclear humanitarian issues top Bans talks with DPR Korea official

27 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his hope that the nuclear and other outstanding issues faced by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will be resolved through dialogue, as he met on Sunday with a top official from Pyongyang. During his talks with Vice Foreign Minister Park Gil Yon, Mr. Ban took note of the reported intention of the DPRK to engage in both bilateral and multilateral dialogue with concerned parties regarding the nuclear issue, according to the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.The United Nations Security Council imposed additional sanctions on DPRK in June after previous demands that the country not conduct any further nuclear or missile tests went unheeded. Mr. Ban – who has previously called on Pyongyang to engage in dialogue, including through the Six-Party Talks that bring together the DPRK, the Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the United States – encouraged the country to respond positively to the recent initiatives by the concerned parties. During today’s talks, held at UN Headquarters, Mr. Ban also voiced concern about the humanitarian and human rights situation in DPRK.He highlighted the need for proactive efforts to enhance donor commitments to meet the country’s serious food security needs, and encouraged DPRK to increase access and information sharing. read more