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Minister of Foreign Affairs Cho Tae-yeol Attends UN Security Council Meeting: Highlights Korea’s Role in Promoting Peace and Security

Minister of Foreign Affairs Cho Tae-yeol. (Provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Minister of Foreign Affairs Cho Tae-yeol, who completed the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of Brazil’s G20 countries, begins his visit to the United States.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister Cho will visit the UN Headquarters in New York, USA at 3pm on the 23rd (local time, 5am on the 24th, Korean time) to attend an official UN Security Council meeting on the topic of ‘Maintaining Peace and Security in Ukraine’.

This is the first time that our foreign minister has attended a Security Council meeting since Korea took over as a non-permanent member of the Security Council for the 2024-25 term.

Minister Cho served as Ambassador to the United Nations from 2016 to 2019, and this also means that he will be entering the Security Council meeting room again after about five years.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained that Minister Cho plans to emphasize Korea’s role and contribution to promoting international peace and security at this meeting.

After the outbreak of war in Ukraine, Korea joined Western countries, including the United States, in supporting Ukraine.

However, South Korea’s support was focused on the humanitarian field, sending only non-lethal military supplies such as gas masks, bulletproof helmets, medicine, and combat rations.

On this day, Minister Cho is expected to express Korea’s will to continue contributing to the reconstruction and recovery of Ukraine and emphasize the need for a speedy end to the war.

In particular, it is expected that during this process, military cooperation between North Korea and Russia, which is one of the factors contributing to the prolongation of the war in Ukraine, will be strongly criticized.
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After the North Korea-Russia summit in September last year, the close relationship between North Korea and Russia became more blatant, and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council, did not hesitate to violate the Security Council’s resolution on sanctions against North Korea, such as recently gifting the Russian-made luxury sedan ‘Aurus’ to North Korea’s Workers’ Party General Secretary Kim Jong-un. there is.

In 2022, when North Korea resumed test launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) for the first time in five years, Russia put the brakes on discussions on adopting new sanctions against North Korea at the Security Council level, and later argued for the ‘uselessness of sanctions against North Korea’ and the ‘U.S. responsibility theory.’ It has been claimed.

In this regard, Minister Cho, who believes that reform of international organizations is necessary, may mention the importance of Security Council reform and joint response to North Korea.

This meeting will also be broadcast live on ‘UN Web TV’.

Meanwhile, Minister Cho plans to meet with UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the same day to discuss cooperation between Korea and the UN and Korea’s plans for activities as a member of the Security Council.

Minister Cho will also meet academic figures and hold a meeting with Korean businessmen in New York before moving to Washington, D.C. on the 26th.

Afterwards, Minister Cho plans to hold a ROK-US foreign ministerial meeting with US Secretary of State Tony Blinken on the 28th.

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2024-02-23 15:00:02

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