NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 15 – Once again the UN Security Council found its unity in condemning the latest missile test of DPRK. The Council, after brief consultation, agreed on a press statement condemning the “provocative launch” by Pyongyang. All member state must fully comprehensively implement the sanctions, especially the one adopted with resolution 2375, stresses the statement read by the Ethiopian Ambassador who holds the rotating presidency for the month of September.
It is of “vital importance that DPRK show commitment to denuclearization” to “reduce tension in the peninsula” and North East Asia at large. The Council expressed its wishes for a diplomatic solution welcoming efforts by states of the area and other states to reach this goal.
Addressing the Council behind closed door, the Italian Permanent Representative Sebastiano Cardi rehiterated the “categoric” condemnation of the launch expressed in the morning by the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano. The Ambassador expressed Italy’s solidarity to Japan. He mentioned a meeting which he held yesterday with a delegation of parliamentarians from Tokyo to whom he could personally convey Italy’s sentiments.
The latest missile launch by North Korea is a reaction to the new UN sanctions adopted in Resolution 2375, Cardi added. “Pyongyang is very aware that the new sanctions will test its capacity to pursue its nuclear program”, the Ambassador observed. As president of the Sanction Committee, Cardi assured that Italy will not spare any effort to foster its prompt and complete implementation. Among the initiatives already on the table, Cardi mentioned a meeting with the whole membership for an update and a briefing on the latest measures adopted.
Following is the full text of the press statement:
The members of the Security Council held urgent consultations to address the highly provocative launch of a ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The missile flew over Japan on 14 September 2017, less than three weeks after the DPRK launched a ballistic missile over Japan on 28 August 2017, less than two weeks after the DPRK conducted a test of an advanced nuclear device on 3 September 2017, and only three days after the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2375 (2017).
The members of the Security Council strongly condemned these launches, condemned further the DPRK for its outrageous actions, and demanded that the DPRK immediately cease all such actions. The Security Council expressed its grave concern that the DPRK is, by conducting such a launch over Japan as well as its recent actions and public statements, deliberately undermining regional peace and stability and have caused grave security concerns around the world. The Security Council stressed that these DPRK actions are not just a threat to the region, but to all UN Member States.
The Security Council stressed, therefore, that all Member States must fully, comprehensively, and immediately implement all relevant Security Council resolutions, in particular 2375 (2017) and 2371 (2017). The Security Council also emphasized the vital importance of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea immediately showing sincere commitment to denuclearization through concrete action and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions in the Korean Peninsula and beyond.
The Security Council demanded that the DPRK comply with resolutions 1695 (2006), 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013), 2270 (2016), 2321 (2016), 2356 (2017), 2371 (2017), and 2375 (2017) as well as the statements of its President of 6 October 2006 (S/PRST/2006/41), 13 April 2009 (S/PRST/2009/7), 16 April 2012 (S/PRST/2012/13), and 29 August 2017 (S/PRST/2017/16) by suspending all activities related to its ballistic missile programme and, in this context, re-establish its pre-existing commitments to a moratorium on missile launches.
The Security Council reiterates the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in North-East Asia at large, expresses its commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation, and welcomes efforts by Council members, as well as other States, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue.
15 September 2017.