North Korea: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 26th January 2017.

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Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire Conservative, East Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Japan, (b) South Korea and (c) China on the political and human rights situation in North Korea.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, My Rt Hon Friend the member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Mr Boris Johnson) has spoken with his counterparts from Japan, the Republic of Korea and China about the political and human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). We hold regular discussions with partners on DPRK political and human rights issues, including discussions on the implementation and enforcement of UN Security Council Resolutions 2270 and 2321. We also worked closely together on the recent UN General Assembly Third Committee Resolution on DPRK human rights. During conversations with the Chinese government, the Foreign Secretary has reiterated the UK’s concerns about the DPRK’s pursuit of its nuclear and ballistic missile programme and has pressed China to exert its influence on the regime. I also raised our concerns about DPRK security and human rights issues with my Chinese counterpart Liu Haixing during my recent visit to Beijing. In addition, the UK government has asked the Chinese authorities to respect the fundamental principle of non-refoulement and raised the matter at the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue on 27 and 28 October 2016.

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