UN Security Council
5 September 2017

North Korea: France calls for a firm and united reaction from the international community

Despite the significant pressure and new sanctions directed against North Korea with the 5 August 2017 resolution of the United Nations Security Council, the Pyongyang regime carried out its sixth nuclear test on 3 September. Following this test, France and several of its allies have called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council, with a view to swiftly adopting new sanctions against the North Korean regime.
 
France utterly condemns the new nuclear test carried out by North Korea on 3 September in violation of its international obligations: "this new nuclear test, carried out last night by North Korea following a series of ballistic missile tests, [is a clear sign of] Pyongyang's repeated intent to undermine international peace and security," the President of the Republic has said.
 
According to the Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, with this new test the "threat has escalated to a completely different level and kind even. It is no longer regional, it is global; it is no longer merely potential, it is imminent; it is no longer merely serious, it is existential".
 
In the light of these unjustifiable and illegal acts, France is urging the international community to adopt a firm and united stance in response, so as to safeguard the nuclear non-proliferation regime. Along with the United States, United Kingdom, South Korea and Japan, it thus called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to be held on 4 September, with a view to swiftly adopting new sanctions against the North-Korean regime.
 
France's belief from the outset has been that only by taking a hard line will it be possible to engage in political and diplomatic dialogue, and this is why it is pushing for a very strict implementation of the sanctions. The President of the Republic believes that "the international community needs to demonstrate the utmost firmness in dealing with this new provocation, to ensure that North Korea resumes dialogue unconditionally and proceeds with the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes".
 
In response to this new test, which, by the reckoning of Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, can give North Korea "the means to strike the United States, and Europe even, with nuclear weapons" in a matter of months, France would also like to see a united and clear reaction on the part of the European Union and has thus called for additional measures to be adopted at European level.  


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