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FM Yun calls for all-out efforts to resolve N.K. nuke issue

All Headlines 10:37 March 14, 2016

SEOUL, March 14 (Yonhap) -- Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se called on South Korean diplomats on Monday to devote all of their effort to resolving the North Korean nuclear issue following the adoption of new sanctions on the communist regime.

Yun made the call during an annual gathering of ambassadors and other heads of overseas missions, saying South Korea should lead the international community in enforcing U.N. Security Council Resolution 2270.

"As a result of our close coordination with the international community over two months, the Security Council adopted an unprecedentedly strong and effective sanctions resolution," he said at the session's opening at the ministry's headquarters in Seoul. "In order for the resolution to be strictly implemented, we must not become lax in its implementation and encourage the international community to follow it so that the pressure exerted on the North by our allies will create synergy."

Only then will the North be forced to change and come forward for "meaningful" talks on its denuclearization, Yun said.

The Security Council adopted the resolution earlier this month to punish the North for its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6 and a long-range rocket launch on Feb. 7. Among other measures, it calls for the mandatory inspection of all cargo going into and out of the North and a ban on the country's exports of coal and other mineral resources, which serve as a key source of hard currency for the cash-strapped regime.

"More than ever before, we must carry out all-out diplomacy to resolve North Korea's nuclear and other issues," Yun said.

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