US thanks Thailand for complying with UNSC resolutions on North Korea

The United States Special Representative for North Korea thanked Thailand for its compliance with the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on North Korea.

Joseph Yun, United States Special Representative for North Korea Policy, called on Virasakdi Futrakul, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Thursday (Dec 14) when the two exchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

The US special envoy arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday for a two-day visit, which is part of his Dec 11-15 Asia trip.

Mr Yun reaffirmed US Secretary of State’s position that the US is determined to resolve the tension on the Korean Peninsula through a diplomatic solution and dialogue, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s statement.

Mr Virasakdi underscored the commitment of Thailand to see peace on the Korean Peninsula.

He also reiterated that Thailand has complied with the relevant UNSC resolutions which imposed sanctions on North Korea.  Moreover, Thailand supports the rising call by the international community on North Korea to return to the negotiation process in order to reduce tension and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, which will lead to sustainable peace and security in the region.

Meanwhile, AFP reported that Mr Yun also met Gen Wanlop Rugsanoah, secretary-general of the National Security Council.

AFP quoted Gen Wanlop as saying that the US special representative urged Thailand to downgrade diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea.

“The US asked Thailand to put more pressure on North Korea, put more trade and diplomatic pressure,” Gen Wanlop told AFP.

On Dec 1, Bangkok issued a statement denouncing the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile test conducted by North Korea on Nov 29 and urging Pyongyang to cease all provocative actions.