U.N. Secretary General: N. Korea Sanctions Must be Fully Implemented

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, speaks as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe listens during their joint news conference at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Guterres is in Tokyo to participate in the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Forum. (Toru Hanai/Pool Photo via AP)

December 14, 2017
OAN Newsroom

The U.N. secretary general calls for full implementation of international sanctions against North Korea.

Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned against “sleepwalking” into a new war on the Korean peninsula.

He made his remarks following a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo Thursday.

Guterres also said the unity of the U.N. Security Council is crucial to curb the rogue state’s nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions.

He stressed the diplomatic engagement will allow for a peaceful resolution of the North Korean crisis.

“It is very clear that security council resolutions need to be fully implemented,” Guterres explained. “Fully implemented by North Korea first of all, but fully implemented by all the other countries whose role is crucial in order to make sure that the sanctions are put in place, and that they achieve the results that we all aim which is the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”

Japan’s Prime Minister stressed the dialogue with Pyongyang should be meaningful, and aimed at denuclearization.