Paris, June 12, 2009
France welcomes the United Nations Security Council’s unanimous adoption of UNSCR 1874, which firmly condemns the nuclear test carried out by North Korea on 25 May.
The nuclear test, launch of a ballistic device on 5 April and recent firing of North Korean missiles threaten international peace and security and flagrantly violate UNSCRs 1695 and 1718.
The international community has reacted firmly to these serious provocations by significantly strengthening the sanctions regime against North Korea.
UNSCR 1874, which draws on French proposals, provides inter alia for a very wide-ranging weapons embargo, the inspection of suspect cargo in ships and aircraft coming from and going to North Korea, financial restrictions and strengthening of the United Nations Sanctions Committee tasked with overseeing implementation of these measures. This committee has moreover a month to identify additional nationals and entities who, because of their involvement in sensitive activities, will be subject to individual sanctions.
France calls on North Korea to refrain from further provocation which would only exacerbate the tension in the region. She is asking her to honour her existing commitments, authorize the return of the IAEA inspectors, cease activities on the Yonbyon site and resume the Six Party Talks with a view to a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, a goal to which North Korea has subscribed on numerous occasions./.