S.Korean UN Diplomat Cuts Off N.Korean Official

Paik Ji-ah Paik Ji-ah

South Korea's deputy permanent representative to the UN cut off North Korea's deputy ambassador Ri Tong-il at a recent meeting of the Security Council when he ran over time.

Paik Ji-ah, chairing a debate on weapons of mass destruction at the UNSC in New York on Wednesday, twice reminded Ri to wrap up his comments when he spoke for 10 minutes protesting his country's right to possess nuclear weapons, way beyond the allotted four-minute time frame.

When Ri ignored her instructions and continued to talk, Paik shut off his microphone and gave the floor to the Ukrainian representative.

During the debate, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se urged the UN to deal firmly with North Korea should it push ahead with a fourth nuclear test. "We must clearly warn North Korea that if it challenges the international community with another nuclear test, it will be met with the most serious consequences," Yun said.

Ri had hinted North Korea would push ahead with a nuclear test if the international community crosses over what he called the "red line."

South Korea holds the one-month rotating presidency at the UNSC after being elected as a non-permanent member for 2013 to 2014.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 09, 2014 11:10 KST