NEW YORK, MAY 23 – Sanctions are not an end to itself, but they are one of the tools for the international community to induce North Korea to abandon its ballistic and nuclear programs, for a peaceful solution to the matter, Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi stated today in his report to the UN Security Council as Chair of the 1718 Committee on Sanctions to DPRK. The report covers the period of 1 March 2017 through today.
Cardi strongly condemned that, during the reporting period, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) conducted several ballistic missile launches and related tests. During the reporting period, the Panel of Experts continued to investigate possible violations of the DPRK sanctions regime and conducted a number of outreach activities.
He then informed that as of today, the Committee has received 89 and 58 national implementation reports (NIRs) on resolution 2270 (2016) and resolution 2321 (2016), respectively, stressing that all reports under resolution 2321 (2016) were received in the last three and a half months alone. This submission rate is much higher than that noted under previous resolutions regarding the DPRK.
As Chair of the Sanctions Committee, Amb. Cardi reported that he convened meetings with 4 regional groups. The fifth and final meeting, with the Asian-Pacific Group, is scheduled for 26 May. These meetings were held with the end to examine the challenges of the sanctions regime for a better understanding by Member States and a more effective implementation of its coercive measures. These meetings provided a forum for Member States to raise specific questions, as well as an opportunity for the Committee to encourage Member States to submit their national implementation reports. (@OnuItalia)