South Korean nominated
as next UN secretary general
S. Korean Foreign minister Ban Ki-iMoon
Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
October 09, 2006
UNITED NATIONS -- On a
day when North Korean announced it had successfully conducted a nuclear test
explosion, the UN Security Council officially nominated South Korean Foreign
Minister Ban Ki-moon on Monday to be the world body's next secretary general.
Under the UN Charter, the
15-member Security Council makes a recommendation for the next secretary general
to the 192-member General Assembly, which must give final approval.
"The Security Council has
just recommended to the General Assembly that Mr. Ban Ki-moon be appointed
secretary general of the United Nations" on Jan. 1 when Secretary General Kofi
Annan's second five-year term expires, Japan's UN ambassador, Kenzo Oshima, told
reporters after the council voted at a private meeting.
In Seoul, Ban expressed
gratitude for being nominated and said he would work to resolve the crisis over
North Korea's nuclear program.
If appointed to the top
job, Ban said he would "contribute as much as I can to the resolution of all
kinds of problems, including the North Korean nuclear issue, that may threaten
international peace and security."