Ban Ki-moon: Korean peninsula crisis "has already gone too far"

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently expressed concern over the current crisis on the Korean peninsula after an announcement that North Korea would restart its Yongbyon nuclear reactor.

"I am deeply troubled," Ban said during a news conference in Andorra. "As secretary-general, it is my duty to prevent war and to pursue peace. It is also my responsibility to state that the current crisis has already gone too far."

North Korea ran its third nuclear test in February, a process that violated Security Council sanctions and drew negative attention internationally. This move initiated an increase in sanctions on trade and banking in North Korea, as well as increased security for targeted officials. North Korea then reportedly said it would no longer follow the 1953 Armistice Agreement that ended the Korean War.

"Nuclear threats are not a game," Ban said. "Aggressive rhetoric and military posturing only result in counter-actions, fuel fear and instability." He also expressed his desire for dialogue and negotiations, as he said it is the "only way to resolve the issue."

"There is no need for the DPRK to be on a collision course with the international community," Ban said. "I am convinced that nobody intends to attack DPRK because of disagreements about its political system or foreign policy. However, I am afraid that others will respond firmly to any direct military provocation."