North Korea: South Korea

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 20th July 2017.

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Photo of Paul Masterton Paul Masterton Conservative, East Renfrewshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to de-escalate tensions in the Korean Peninsula.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

The British Government strongly supports international efforts to achieve a secure and stable Korean Peninsula. The UK continues to urge the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes which threaten regional stability and international peace and security. The UK has made clear that we would support a return to dialogue with the DPRK to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula but that the DPRK first needs to provide credible and genuine evidence that it is ready to discuss denuclearisation. Until then the UK and the international community needs to maintain pressure both diplomatically and through sanctions.

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