REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Indonesia had made its stance, as an independent country, very clear with regard to the conflict between North Korea and the US, Ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea An Kwang Il stated.
The statement was made by the ambassador during a press briefing at the North Korean Embassy in Jakarta on Thursday.
"The government of Indonesia, as an independent country, is very clear and is keen to develop relations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in all fields," he remarked.
He further explained that several potential sectors can be explored by both Indonesia and North Korea.
"We can especially see great potential in tourism and trade. We are also encouraging the exports of our items to Indonesia, including ginseng and other commodities," he noted.
However, he said it had became apparent that some business players in Indonesia had expressed concerns over the United Nations Security Council's (UNSC's) sanctions against North Korea and the secondary boycott imposed by an individual power.
"I am requesting business persons and companies to not be afraid of the UNSC sanctions. Look at the benefits and profits that are there. Why can't we work on that?" he remarked.
It was earlier reported that the UNSC had strengthened its sanctions regime against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as it condemns the country's fifth and largest nuclear test conducted on Sept 9.
The latest sanction against North Korea was laid down by the Security Council in November last year, in which 15 member countries had agreed to cut down on the country's largest export commodity, which is coal, by 60 percent.
The resolution that was designed by the US also bans North Korea from exporting other commodities, including copper, silver, and stee