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FM has phone conversation with IAEA chief, discusses N. Korean nukes

Diplomacy 19:35 September 14, 2022

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin on Wednesday had a phone conversation with the chief of the U.N. nuclear watchdog and discussed pending issues, including North Korea's nuclear ambitions, Seoul officials said.

During the talks with Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Park raised the need for the international community to send an "unequivocal" message to North Korea over its nuclear threats, according to the foreign ministry.

The remark came around a week after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said during a key parliamentary meeting that his country would never surrender nuclear weapons or use them as a bargaining chip in talks with the U.S.

The foreign minister said South Korea will enhance its cooperation with the IAEA and pursue the denuclearization of North Korea "without wavering."

Park also delivered South Koreans' concern over Japan's planned disposal of wastewater from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, adding that the discharge should be carried out safely while meeting international regulations.

South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin talks over the phone with Rafael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at this office in Seoul, in this photo released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sept. 14, 2022. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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