The UN's Secretary-General is on a two-day visit to Seoul.
During a meeting with President Yoon, Antonio Guterres expressed full support for the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.
Min Suk-hyen shares with us what was discussed.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has voiced full support for North Korea's denuclearization.
Meeting with President Yoon Suk-yeol on Friday, Guterres said he remains committed to the North's complete denuclearization, stressing it's important for peace and stability in the region.
"I would like to reaffirm our clear commitment to the full, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the DPRK as a fundamental objective to bring peace, security and stability in the whole region."
Guterres' remarks on Friday are in line with his recent calls for stronger commitments to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
During their lunch meeting, Guterres also expressed his gratitude for South Korea's peacekeeping efforts and its contributions to the international community in areas including climate change.
While warmly welcoming the Secretary-General, President Yoon said he looked forward to hearing his thoughts on global challenges.
As I told the Korean press this morning, I would like to hear your thoughts about ways to address the difficult tasks we face today.
Later in the day, Guterres also met with Foreign Minister Park Jin and exchanged views on North Korea.
Park said the international community should unite and send out a clear message that it will not accept North Korea's nuclear development.
Guterres reaffirmed his support for the country's efforts to achieve sustainable peace on the Korean Peninsula, saying denuclearization talks will be very much welcomed.
At Friday's talks, the two also discussed other key issues such as the ongoing war in Ukraine and the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting next month.
The Secretary-General is wrapping up a two-day visit to Seoul, his first in four years.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.