April 2 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges dialogue between North and South Korea over escalating rhetoric in the region. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that a crisis over North Korea had gone too far and urged dialogue and negotiation to resolve the situation. (SOUNDBITE)(English) UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL, BAN KI-MOON, SAYING: "The current crisis has already gone too far. Nuclear threats are not a game. Aggressive rhetoric and military posturing only result in counter-actions, and fuel fear and instability." Ban made the comments at a news conference in Andorra, where he was on an official visit. Earlier on Tuesday, North Korea's leader appeared to tamp down hostile rhetoric that had threatened impending war with the United States and South Korea. (SOUNDBITE)(English) UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL, BAN KI-MOON, SAYING: "I am convinced that nobody intends to attack DPRK (The Democratic People's Republic of Korea) because of disagreements about its political system or foreign policy. However, I am afraid that others will respond firmly to any direct military provocation." He also called on North Korean authorities to abide by resolutions from the United Nations Security Council.