Date: 27th September, 2017
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (KYSS) — The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis has joined with the vast majority of the international community in condemning the actions that have contributed to the high tension on the Korean Peninsula.
This position was declared by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation, Honourable Mark Brantley during his recent address to the United Nations 72nd General Assembly.
“My delegation condemns unreservedly the actions, which have led to heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula and calls on all countries to respect and honour their solemn commitments under international law. We condemn all actions that encourage violence and disrupt peace. There can be no place in today’s world for war and violence. We therefore join the international community in demanding diplomacy and dialogue instead of sabre rattling and warmongering, said Minister Brantley.
He continued that, “St Kitts and Nevis stands proudly with our Caribbean and Latin American neighbours as a Zone of Peace and exhorts all members of the community of nations to expend every effort to create and promote peace.”
A months-long war of words between the United States and North Korea turned foetid after US President Donald Trump made a series of statements that angered North Korean Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-Un.
In one such statement posted on Twitter by President Trump. he referred to Kim Jong-Un as the “Little Rocket Man” – a not so veiled reference to North Korea’s very active nuclear missile programme.
In the same forum Trump added that North Korea “won’t be around for much longer.”
North Korea subsequently responded that these and other like sentiments from the US president are being considered as a declaration of war.