France appeals for responsibility amid North Korea threat

North Korea – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 12 August 2017

President Emmanuel Macron expresses his concern about the aggravation of the ballistic and nuclear threat from North Korea, which undermines efforts to maintain international peace and security.

He recalls the unanimous adoption on 5 August 2017 of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2371, which strengthens the sanctions regime against North Korea. Together with the other members of the Security Council, France calls on that country to comply immediately with its international obligations and dismantle its nuclear and ballistic programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.

The North Korean regime is currently engaged in a dangerous escalation which is posing a serious threat to its neighbours’ security and the long-term survival of the international non-proliferation system. In the face of this threat, the international community must act in a concerted, firm and effective manner, as it has just done at the Security Council, to prompt North Korea to resume the path of dialogue unconditionally. The President assures France’s allies and partners in the region of his solidarity in the current period. He also appeals to everyone to show responsibility and prevent any escalation of tension./.

European Union – North Korea/sanctions/alignment of the Council on the latest United Nations Security resolution – Press communiqué issued by the Council of the European Union¹

Brussels, 11 August 2017

The Council has added nine persons and four entities – including the state-owned Foreign Trade Bank (FTB) – to the lists of those subject to an asset freeze and travel restrictions, transposing part of the new sanctions imposed by UN Security Council Resolution 2371 (2017).

This resolution was adopted on 5 August 2017 in response to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s ongoing nuclear weapon and ballistic missile development activities, in violation and flagrant disregard of previous UN Security Council resolutions.

The decision brings the total number of persons under restrictive measures against the DPRK to 62 persons and 50 entities as listed by the UN. In addition, 41 persons and seven entities are designated by the EU autonomously.

The Council will work on the swift transposition of the other sanctions included in UN Security Council Resolution 2371.

The EU has implemented all UN Security Council resolutions adopted in response to the DPRK’s nuclear programmes and nuclear weapons, other weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes. In addition, the EU has also imposed autonomous restrictive measures against the DPRK, complementing and reinforcing the UN sanctions regime.

The legal acts were adopted by written procedure. They will be published in the Official Journal of 11 August./.

¹ Source of English text: Council of the EU website.

Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson’s Office (excerpts)

Paris, 7 August 2017

North Korea – United Nations Security Council’s adoption of a resolution strengthening sanctions

France welcomes the unanimous adoption on 5 August 2017 of UNSCR 2371 condemning the ballistic missile tests carried out in July by North Korea and strengthening the sanctions regime against it.

In particular, UNSCR 2371 imposes a complete ban on the export of several North Korean products, including coal, lead and iron ore and fishery products. It also bans all countries from hosting additional North Korean workers, whose revenue are used by North Korea to support the prohibited nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. In addition, the text bans the creation of new joint ventures with North Korean entities as well as additional investment in existing ones and adds new sanctions designations against individuals and entities. UNSCR 2371 also decides on measures to strengthen the implementation of existing sanctions.

France again urges North Korea to immediately comply with its international obligations and to dismantle its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner, and remains fully committed to achieving this goal. (…)./.

Press briefing by the Deputy Press Director of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (excerpts)

Paris, 31 July 2017

North Korea – Ballistic missile launch – Reminder of the statement by the Spokesperson (28 July 2017)

France strongly condemns the latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch by North Korea today which reportedly fell in Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone. This further serious violation of the UN Security Council resolutions poses a threat to regional and international security.

This launch, like the one conducted by North Korea on 4 July, demonstrates the North Korean regime’s determination to place the entire international community within range of its missiles. This therefore constitutes a major step towards the illegal development of ballistic missiles by this country.

The continuation of the North Korean nuclear and ballistic programme poses an increasing and unacceptable threat to everyone. France calls for a firm response from the international community and for the Security Council swiftly to adopt additional, tough sanctions. The European Union must also adopt ambitious autonomous measures, in accordance with the recent conclusions adopted at the Foreign Affairs Council of 17 July 2017.

The only way to bring North Korea back to the negotiation table is by exerting maximum diplomatic pressure. France therefore calls on its partners to unite in support of exerting major pressure before North Korea manages to acquire an arsenal of operational nuclear weapons and their vector systems. (…)./.

Published on 14/08/2017

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