President Park Geun-hye mentioned the issues of the North Korean people’s human rights, wartime violence against women, and the international community’s cooperation for denuclearization of the North at the 69th U.N. General Assembly held at the U.N. headquarters located in New York.
“Violence against women in war is an act in violation of human rights and humanitarianism,” she said, indirectly criticizing the Japanese government for its no atonement for comfort women.
At present, South Korea is a member of the U.N. Security Council, the U.N. Human Rights Council, and the U.N. Economic and Social Council. The government is willing to take the initiative in the field of human rights based on its high international standing in the international community.
The President also spent some time explaining about the Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative and suggesting the establishment of the Northeast Asia Nuclear Safety Regime. “Conflicts are simmering among Northeast Asian countries surrounding historical, territorial, and ocean security issues, but, unlike in the other regional blocs, no multilateral organization for addressing such problems is present for now in Northeast Asia,” she pointed out.