NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 4 – “The latest nuclear test by North Korea represents a grave and reckless provocation, in violation of successive UNSC resolutions”, the Italian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Sebastiano Cardi said today addressing and urgent emergency meeting on the sixth nuclear test by Pyongyang.
“This test poses a new level of threat. Italy believes it is imperative that the DPRK immediately put a definitive and complete stop to the development of its missile and nuclear programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner”, Cardi said recalling, as President of the Sanctions Committee for North Korea, the importance of a full and immediate implementation of all the punitive measures approved so far by the Council, while encouraging its members to adopt new measures “under the current circumstances”.
The Italian Ambassador recalled that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano, immediately condemned the new test unequivocally and in the firmest terms, while, since the first hours after the latest provocation, Prime Minister Gentiloni has been in close contact with Italy’s main European and international partners, “confirming that we will continue to do our part for a firm and cohesive response” to put pressure on Pyongyang.
Briefing the Council on the latest nuclear test, the top United Nations political official today urged its members to remain united and take appropriate action. “The latest serious developments require a comprehensive response in order to break the cycle of provocations from the DPRK,” said Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, noting that “such a response must include wise and bold diplomacy to be effective.”
Mr. Feltman, however, stressed the importance of responding to humanitarian needs regardless of the political situation as the people of the DPRK rely on the international community to provide humanitarian assistance.
Today’s meeting was the Council’s second emergency meeting on the DPRK in less than a week and the tenth time the body has met to discuss the DPRK this year.
As Minister Alfano stressed in his statement in Rome, by pursuing its nuclear and ballistic programs, North Korea poses a clear threat to international peace and security and is increasingly and seriously challenging the global non-proliferation regime: “It is is the only country that has tested a nuclear device in the XXI Century: such a breach of the international moratorium on nuclear tests highlights once more the urgent need for the ComprehensiveNuclear-Test-Ban Treaty to enter into force”, Ambassador Cardi said, recalling that, following an initiative by the Italian Presidency, the G7 Leaders issued today a statement urging the full implementation of the UNSC resolutions, stating their readiness to adopt further measures to ensure that North Korea reverts to international legality and recalling the responsibility of this Council to this end. (@OnuItalia)