Inter-Korean dialogue crucial for resolving human rights concerns, says UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert today stressed the need for a quick resumption of dialogue between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to resolve issues such as the reunion of separated families and the situation of asylum-seekers.

Condemning latest attack, UN chief urges calm on Korean peninsula

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for restraint after today’s artillery attack by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Yeongpyeong Island, located near its coastline in the Yellow Sea and belonging to the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Onus on DPR Korea to denuclearize, General Assembly hears

A peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula remains possible but only if the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) gives up its nuclear weapons programme, the General Assembly’s high-level debate heard today.

Security Council condemns recent sinking of Republic of Korea ship

The Security Council today condemned the recent sinking of a Republic of Korea (ROK) naval vessel, stressing the need to prevent further attacks both against the East Asian nation and in the region.

Security Council extends mandate of UN body dealing with DPR Korea sanctions

The Security Council today voted unanimously to extend for another year the mandate of the expert body dealing with United Nations sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Republic of Korea requests Security Council action on sinking of naval vessel

The Republic of Korea today formally requested the Security Council to take up the matter of the sinking of one of its naval ships, alleged by the country to have been carried out by neighbouring Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DRPK).

Ban sure of ‘appropriate’ Security Council action on Republic of Korea ship

The deliberate sinking of a navy ship off the coast of the Republic of Korea by its northern neighbour, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, has dealt a blow to efforts to promote peace in the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, voicing hope that the Security Council will act swiftly on the issue.

UN chief offers condolences to Korean families after navy boat sinking

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent his condolences to the families of the victims killed in a sunken navy ship off the coast of the Republic of Korea, as the search continues for 46 people still missing.

Human rights situation in DPR Korea is bleak, independent UN expert says

The many instances of harrowing and horrific human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will continue unless certain measures at the national and international levels are taken, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in the country said today.

UN political chief urges swift resumption of talks on DPR Korea

The top United Nations political official today wrapped up a visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), saying he told officials from the North Asian nation that international talks on denuclearization must be resumed “without preconditions or delay.”