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UN chief: Reducing Korea tensions key issue | AP Interview

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that reducing tensions on the Korean peninsula is one of the most serious issues facing the world because the impact of North Korea’s use of nuclear weapons would be far greater than the casualties in Syria and other conflicts.

The U.N. chief said in an interview with The Associated Press that for almost 10 years as secretary-general, and before as South Korea’s foreign minister, he tried with “all my efforts … to talk with North Koreans in any way I can to promote peace and security and reconciliation between the South and the North.”

“But I regret to tell you that it has not been materialized because of many different situations, mainly caused by North Koreans’ provocative actions,” Ban said.

Now, he said, “we are coming to almost this confrontational situation” following the North’s fifth nuclear test on Friday and its launch of more than 20 ballistic missiles.

Source: AP Interview: UN chief: Reducing Korea tensions key issue

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