Ban highlights necessity of resuming dialogue between North and South Korea

Adequate conditions must be created to resume dialogue between parties in the Korean Peninsula in an effort to rid the area of nuclear weapons, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday.

Ban urged the authorities of North Korea to comply with international obligations as he met with Chinese authorities during last week's visit.

"At this time I'd like to urge again the authorities of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to fully comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions with the aim of realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Ban said.

While Ban noted the willingness of North Korea to start a dialogue, he said that the talks should be centered on denuclearization.

"At this time I'd like to urge again the authorities of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to fully comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions with the aim of realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Ban said. "I have taken note of the willingness of the DPRK to engage in dialogue. While I welcome such measures, any meaningful dialogue should be firmly anchored in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

Ban met with Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi to discuss multiple international matters, including developments in Syria and on the Korean Peninsula. Ban expressed his appreciation for the part China played in defusing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and he encouraged Beijing to continue that practice.