ROME, SEPTEMBER 12 – “As member of the United Nations Security Council, Italy continues to promote global security and the international non-proliferation regime, by contributing to assure a proportionate and adequate response to Pyongyang,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano, said after the Security Council’s unanimous approval of new sanctions against North Korea.
The Italian foreign minister pointed out that the new sanctioning regime take the humanitarian situation in North Korea into due consideration and outlines the ways in which the Pyongyang Government can regain international legality.
He added: “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea must immediately stop developing its nuclear and missile programme and refrain from increasingly resorting to self-isolation and defying the international community. Italy will continue to do its share in giving a firm and cohesive response to this challenge.”
Yesterday the Council approved its strongest sanctions yet against North Korea. The new resolution imposes limits on oil exports, banning the country’s textile imports and access to gas liquids, and more closely inspecting cargo ships going in and out of its ports.
Welcoming the resolution, UN Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the importance of maintaining unity in the Security Council in tackling security challenges on the Korean Peninsula and beyond.
“This firm action by the Security Council sends a clear message that the DPRK must comply fully with its international obligations,” said the Secretary-General in a statement attributable to his spokesperson. (@OnuItalia)