Ban says will use office to solve N Korea dispute
The South Korean is all set to take over as head of the United Nations in January after Kofi Annan's term expires.india Updated: Oct 24, 2006 12:44 IST
The next United Nations Secretary-General said on Tuesday that Seoul fully backs a UN resolution sanctioning North Korea for its recent nuclear test.
Ban Ki-Moon also said he plans to use his new position as UN chief, which he'll assume at the beginning of next year, to help resolve the current nuclear standoff with the North.
"I intend to seek an active role for the peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue," Ban said at a luncheon marking the 61st anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.
South Korea hasn't outlined any specific action it plans to take in accord with the UN Security Council resolution, which was passed after the North's October 9 nuclear test and calls for countries to take steps to prevent Pyongyang from continuing its weapons trade.
The US has urged the South to join an anti-proliferation initiative, and to take steps for more accountability in joint economic projects with the North.
Ban repeated on Tuesday that Seoul is still "reviewing our policies to bring them closer in line" with the UN resolution.
"My government is wholly supportive of the resolution and committed to its faithful implementation," he said.
"We stand firmly behind the Security Council's strong message to North Korea."
Ban is set to take over as head of the United Nations in January, after Kofi Annan's term expires.
Ban was elected earlier this month as the next secretary-general, with the Security Council approving his nomination the same day that North Korea conducted its first-ever nuclear test.