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Saturday 21 October 2017

Coveney urges Pyongyang to abandon missiles programme

Foreign Minister Simon Coveney. Picture: PA
Foreign Minister Simon Coveney. Picture: PA
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has urged North Korea to "abandon" its programmes to develop ballistic missiles, nuclear capabilities, and weapons of mass destruction.

Mr Coveney also said the recent missile tests by the North Koreans "draw into sharp focus the urgent need for engagement on disarmament by all stakeholders".

He expressed the Government's hope that North Korea will re-engage in diplomatic negotiations - the so-called six-party talks - that also involved the US, China, South Korea, Russia and Japan.

Mr Coveney referred to Ireland's role in international efforts to ban nuclear weapons, the momentum for which he said was driven by "recognition of the catastrophic consequences of any nuclear weapons detonation".

The Irish embassy in Seoul estimates there are about 700 Irish citizens resident in South Korea and none living in the North. If a conflict broke out, the embassy would communicate the latest travel advice on its website and through the smartphone Travelwise app.

It would also contact citizens who have registered with them to advise them on what action should be taken.

Irish Independent

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