International observation stressed in denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula

By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, July 4:Diplomats on Tuesday underlined the need for the participation of an international verification institution and major power countries to take the recently initiated process of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula to a logical conclusion.
Speaking at a talk programme on ‘Emergence of Enduring Peace Stability and Progress in the Korean Peninsula’, in the post US-North Korea Summit organised here, they said that the US–North Korea Summit held in Singapore last month was a good beginning for establishing lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula.
The talk programme was organised by the Centre for Diplomacy and Development (CDD), in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Kathmandu.
Gyan Chandra Acharya, former Under Deputy Secretary General at the United Nations, said that the denuclearisation process of North Korea should be observed and verified by international institutions like the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for accomplishing the desired result.
As the current deal of denuclearisation of North Korea is linked with the peace treaty and reunification of the Koreas, it is fundamentally different from the previous deals and could be taken to a logical conclusion, he said.04
The deal on the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula is not only important to the people of the peninsula but to other countries also, as peace, stability and progress in the Korean Peninsula will have a spillover effect in other countries, he said.
Korean Professor Dr. Hyun-Wook Kim said that the progress on the deal between the United States and North Korea depended on how other Asian power countries takes the deal. He said that the current deal had been possible due to the shift of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un’s policy from developing nuclear capability to economic development.
Former Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations Madhu Raman Acharya said that without China on the board, the logical conclusion of the denuclearisation deal with North Korea could not happen.
Lee Yongjin, Deputy Director of the Korean Peninsula Peace Regime Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Korea, said that the denuclearisation deal was a good beginning, and the government of South Korea and its people were in favour of long lasting peace and progress in the peninsula.
South Korean Ambassador to Nepal Park Young-Sik said that the South Korean government would not give up the process of establishing sustainable peace in the peninsula despite various difficulties on the way.
Other speakers, including diplomatic scholar Dr. Sanjeev Humagain, former ambassador of Nepal to France Keshav Raj Jha, and promoters of CDD Mohan Krishna Shrestha, Prof. Ganga Bahadur Thapa and Arun Ranjit also highlighted the importance of lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula and its impact in the neighbourhood and across the world.

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