IPI HomeEventsSpeakers EventsAt IPI, South Korean FM Yun Warns of Military Conflict

 

print print  |  share share back back

Speaker Events - Tuesday, May 06, 2014

At IPI, South Korean FM Yun Warns of Military Conflict

South Korea’s Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se says a military conflict could be in the cards in northeast Asia, a region plagued by historical, regional, and security-related tensions, and he warned that the cost of keeping and testing nuclear weapons will be so high that it could threaten the survival of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s regime, news agencies reported.

Speaking at the International Peace Institute in New York on May 6th, Yun expressed his grave concern over the increasing rivalry in northeast Asia, according to Arirang News, an English language network in South Korea.

He noted China’s emerging power, Japan’s aim to make a comeback as a regional power, and Russia taking a tougher stance against the West.

Mr. Yun said that this, coupled with North Korea’s ongoing nuclear threats, is creating serious changes to the geopolitical sphere of northeast Asia as well as to the Korean peninsula.

“Misguided nationalism is rearing its ugly head in the form of historical revisionism, or even denialism, thereby prolonging the tension among countries in the region,” Mr. Yun said, according to The Korea Times.

Mr. Yun told a standing-room audience of diplomats, UN officials and Korea-watchers that the North will pay “the heaviest price” in new sanctions if it defies the international community and goes ahead with a new nuclear test, reported Associated Press correspondent Edith Lederer.

Many experts—and the South Korean government—had suspected the North would conduct its fourth nuclear test during President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Seoul. North Korea has said it still may go ahead and test a new kind of nuclear device following Obama’s visit.

“Our assessment is that North Korea is ready to undertake a test whenever they make the necessary political decision,” Mr. Yun said.

News broadcaster CNN, quoting a senior US official, reported Monday that a tarp has been set up at the tunnel entrance of North Korea’s northeastern nuclear test site of Punggye-ri, indicating that test preparations are in their final stages.

Mr. Yun is currently visiting New York to lead United Nations activities as Seoul holds a one-month presidency of the UN Security Council this month.

The event was moderated by IPI President Terje Rød-Larsen.

Related News Coverage
South Korea Warns North Korea Over New Nuke Test (Associated Press/ABC News)
South Korea Actively Pursues Goal of Unification With North Korea (National News Agency of Malaysia)
South Korea's FM warns of military conflict in Northeast Asia (Arirang News)
FM warns of military confrontation in Northeast Asia (Korea Times)

Watch event:

The Global Observatory

Are Recent Prison Breaks in Nigeria Part of a Southward Expansion by Boko Haram?
Whoever is behind them, these prison breaks signal that Nigeria’s authorities are struggling to maintain the rule of law, not just in the far northeast, but also in the Middle Belt and the southwest.

Key Global Events to Watch in December
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.

2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.

The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.

Recent Events

December 09, 2014
Small States in a Multilateral World
Despite their size and limited resources, small states have an important and crucial role to play in the multilateral system and can leverage their power through cooperation.

December 02, 2014
Protecting Civilians in Armed Conflict: From Concept to Norm
Five years after the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1894, the concept of Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict (PoC) has become a widely accepted norm at the UN, featuring more and more in Council mandates and becoming a cornerstone of UN missions on the ground.

November 27, 2014
Dialogue on Multilateralism Continues in Geneva
The Geneva launch of the Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM) took place on November 27th in the Palais de Nations, the UN headquarters in Geneva which used to be the seat of the League of Nations.

View More