Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala
Yousafzai (L) of Pakistan listens as United
Nations Secretary General Antonio
Guterres speaks during a designation
ceremony at the UN headquarters in New
York on April 10, 2017.
was designated as UN Messenger of Peace
with a special focus on girls’ education.
Jewel SAMAD / AFP
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
on Wednesday said “everything” must be
done to confront the threat from North
Korea and ensure that its missile and
nuclear programs do not pose an
Guterres said countries “on the frontline”
of the crisis — China, the United States,
Japan, South Korea, Russia — must spare
no effort to prevent a military buildup
“We believe that it is absolutely
essential… that everybody is involved in
order to make sure that everything is
done so that the threat represented by
the development in relation to missiles
and in relation to nuclear capability —
not become a threat to the international
community,” said Guterres.
“We fully support the efforts of all states
in order to make sure that North Korea
does not acquire the capacities that
would become a threat not only to the
region but in a wider area of the world,”
he told reporters.
US Vice President Mike Pence earlier
vowed that the United States would
counter any North Korean attack with an
“overwhelming and effective” response.
“North Korea is the most dangerous and
urgent threat to peace and security in the
Asia-Pacific,” Pence said.
“We will defeat any attack and meet any
use of conventional or nuclear weapons
with an overwhelming and effective