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Seoul seeks UNSC statement on WMD nonproliferation: official


SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea plans to push for the adoption of a statement on the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) when it assumes the presidency of the United Nations Security Council next month, a government official said Monday.

South Korea, a nonpermanent member of the council, is scheduled to take the rotating presidential seat of the security body in May, following its previous one-month presidency in February 2013.

The official said South Korea is planning to work toward issuing a presidential statement during the May stint to highlight a U.N. resolution adopted last year, which calls for efforts to prevent the proliferation of WMD.

The U.N. resolution to be pushed by South Korea appears to be targeting North Korea, which has been named by the United States as a major proliferator of missiles and other WMDs.

U.N. resolution 1540 urges efforts to enforce legal and regulatory measures against the proliferation of WMD, including chemical or nuclear weapons, especially by non-state actors.

South Korea is the chair country for the 1540 Committee, established to help supervise member countries' implementation of the nonproliferation resolution.

The government is also planning to hold a public debate regarding the U.N. resolution and its implementation on May 7 at the U.N. headquarters in New York as part of its bid to issue the presidential statement, according to the official.

Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se may visit New York early next month to host the debate, according to the official.

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