Cambodia Opposes North Korea’s Nuclear Program

Cambodia urged North Korea to respect U.N. security council resolutions regarding its burgeoning nuclear program during a meeting on Tuesday between North Korea’s new ambassador to Phnom Penh, Jang Yun Gon, and Prak Sokhonn, Cambodia’s minister of foreign affairs.

“We asked North Korea, a friendly country, to reason with us, because we are a member of the U.N., so we need to respect and implement the resolutions of the U.N. security council,” said ministry spokesman Chum Sounry.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn, right, meets North Korea’s ambassador to Cambodia, Jang Yun Gon, on Tuesday in Phnom Penh. (Kem Sovannara)

The meeting, at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, also included a discussion of North Korea’s desire to unify the Korean Peninsula under one government.

Mr. Sounry emphasized that Cambodia had already issued two statements regarding North Korea’s nuclear program.

“The Kingdom of Cambodia…reiterates its full support for the denuclearization of this region for the sake of peace, security and stability,” read one from last September.

Diplomatic relations between Cambodia and North Korea are over a half-century old, reaching a high point when Kim Il Sung built then-Prince Norodom Sihanouk a winter palace near Pyongyang in 1974.

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