France welcomes UN’s tougher North Korea sanctions
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. (…)./.