FILE PHOTO: South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha speaks at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea January 9, 2018. REUTERS/JUNG Yeon-Je/Pool
February 27, 2018
GENEVA (Reuters) – Sanctions on North Korea aim to pressure it to give up its nuclear ambitions, not to bring down the government, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations in Geneva on Tuesday.
“Sanctions are not an end in themselves and not meant to bring down North Korea but to make it understand that its future lies not in nuclear weapons but in working with the global community toward denuclearlization,” Kang said.
“Our consistent message should be that it must make the right decision. And if it does, we are ready to work together toward a brighter and prosperous future for North Korea.”
(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)