Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó discussed the evolving situation on the Korean Peninsula with Ambassador of South Korea to Budapest Yim Geun-hyeong on Friday, May 5, 2017. Ambassador Yim Geun-hyeong expressed his country’s grave concern that North Korea, in clear violation of several UN Security Council resolutions, continues its nuclear and ballistic missile program. Currently, the irresponsible and provocative actions of the regime in Pyongyang pose a global threat.

Minister Szijjártó responded that Hungary continues to follow the unfolding events on the Korean Peninsula very closely. Though some nations may view the tensions there as a regional issue, it is Hungary’s firm position that the North Korean arms program constitutes the most serious threat to global security. Szijjártó praised the stability of the economy and financial systems of South Korea and that its people continue to resist the warmongering actions and rhetoric of Pyongyang.

Both parties welcomed that the international cooperation to stop North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs is stronger than ever before and called on all nations to participate. They agreed that the denuclearization of North Korea is a shared interest of all nations. A nuclear-armed North Korea is unacceptable to all responsible members of the international community.

Minister Szijjártó reaffirmed that South Korea can count on Hungary. The Government of Hungary will continue its policy of supporting the increase of financial and diplomatic pressure on the North Korean leadership. We continue to support the adoption of new sanctions to stop the nuclear and ballistic missile programs and call for the strict enforcement of those already in force. Hungary has already taken the necessary steps and we expect the same from others.

Ambassador Yim reiterated his country’s recognition of Hungary’s commitment on this issue and that we represent this position in international fora such as the EU. In his view, Hungary’s staunch support helps solidify the global cooperation.

(Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade)