House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) greets United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on April 16, 2015. (Credit:  House Foreign Affairs Committee)
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Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, hosted a Committee meeting with Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General, to discuss a number of pressing international issues.  Specifically, Chairman Royce stressed the importance of enforcing existing United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions related to Iran, and stressed the importance of inspectors having unfettered access to both declared and undeclared sites.

“The Secretary General and I also discussed the regional threats posed by North Korea.  During my last meeting with the Secretary General, I pushed for a United Nations Commission of Inquiry on human rights in North Korea.  Since that meeting, the Commission was formed and rightly found that crimes committed in North Korea ‘shock the conscience of humanity.’  I told the Secretary General that we must continue to shine a light on the abuses carried out by the Kim regime, the foremost human rights violator in the world.”

Other topics of discussion during the meeting included much-needed reforms to the United Nations bureaucracy, the continuing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Syria, and ongoing peacekeeping missions in Africa.