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'Sanctions on North Korea must remain' - Kuwait slams nuke tests




(MENAFN - Arab Times) VIENNA, Sept 21, (KUNA): Kuwait's Ambassador to Austria and its Permanent Delegate to the International Organizations in Vienna Sadiq Ma'arafion Wednesday reaffirmed the country's commitment to implementing the UNSC resolutions imposing sanctions on North Korea.

Ma'arafimade a statement to KUNA in Vienna as he left for New York to attend the 10th Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), more commonly known as the 'Article XIV Conference.' The State of Kuwait has already taken several measures in line with that commitment, he said.

He also reaffirmed Kuwait's condemnation of any nuclear tests that cause harm to the international security and peace. Based on this, Kuwait has condemned all the nuclear tests that North Korea announced, and urges Pyongyang to commit itself to the relevant international conventions and the UNSC resolutions, he added. He also urged the DPRK to be open to dialogue with the international community. In line with the UN responsibilities, the organization has professionally handled North Korea's recent tests, he said.

Ma'arafiadded that Kuwait is taking part in the event as a deputy president of the conference held in New York every two years. Meanwhile, Kuwait's First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah met with South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, to discuss cooperation in development domain in African, and other bilateral issues.

The meeting, held on fringes of the UN General Assembly session in New York Wednesday night, was attended by Assistant Foreign Minister for the Foreign Minister's office Ambassador Sheikh Dr Ahmad Nasser Al-Sabah, Kuwait's permanent representative to the UN Mansour Al-Otaibi and Assistant Foreign Minister for International Organizations Nasser Al-Hayyen. Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah also met in New York with Somali Foreign Minister Yusuf Omar on bilateral relations, and latest developments at regional and international levels.

The meeting was attended by Assistant Foreign Minister for the Foreign Minister's Office Ambassador Sheikh Dr Ahmad Nasser Al-Sabah, Kuwait's permanent representative to the UN Mansour Al-Otaibi and Assistant Foreign Minister for International Organizations Nasser Al-Hayyen.

Kuwait's First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister then held talks in New York with Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney on bilateral ties, and regional and international issues of mutual interest. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session Wednesday night. Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al- Sabah met with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Dr Yusuf Al-Othaimeen to discuss the agenda of OIC's ministerial meeting, to be held in New York on Friday.

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'Sanctions on North Korea must remain' - Kuwait slams nuke tests

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