TEHRAN (defapress) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, continuing to be concerned over Korean Peninsula rhetoric, said on Friday it was time to lower tensions after a week of heightening escalation.
News ID: 65553
Publish Date: 12August 2017 - 13:25
"This is clearly a time for all the parties to focus on
how to deescalate and lower the tensions," Stephane Dujarric, spokesman
for Guterres, told reporters at the UN Headquarters Friday.
Tensions rose quickly over the past week in equally
belligerent statements from Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader
Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, Xinhua news agency reported.
Asked if the secretary-general had spoken "directly to
the United States or North Korea," Dujarric only said that "I have no
contacts that I am able to share with you at this point."
"I think the secretary-general has spoken out through
this podium about his concern about the level of the rhetoric, the escalation
of the rhetoric, and the need on how to de-escalate the tension," the
"The roadmap for the role of the United Nations is the
Security Council resolution which the secretary-general has welcomed,"
Dujarric said, referring to the measure unanimously approved last Saturday
calling for an end to missile test launches.
"The secretary-general has condemned clearly the
various launches of missiles and other things out of the DPRK, but the focus
for us needs to be on diplomacy and de-escalation," the spokesman said.