DPRK: France welcomes the adoption of resolution renewing the Panel of Experts [fr]
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea / Non-proliferation
Statement by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
Security Council - 15 April 2019
France welcomes the unanimous adoption of resolution 2464 (2019), submitted by the United States, which I thank for its commitment to this issue. The resolution allows for the renewal of the mandate of the Panel of Experts assisting the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718 (2006), which is responsible, under your presidency, Sir, for the follow-up of sanctions against North Korea. I offer our full support for and gratitude to the German presidency of the Committee and the Panel for their work. The experts, whose commitment I wish to acknowledge, must in particular be able to carry out their activities within the framework of the mandate that we have established and reaffirmed.
The 1718 Committee and the Panel of Experts that assists it are the main tools of the Council for verifying the implementation of the sanctions and dissuading all parties, starting with North Korea, from engaging in activities to evade those sanctions. North Korea continues to violate and circumvent sanctions with greater scope and through methods that are increasingly diverse and sophisticated, as confirmed by the latest report of the panel (S/2019/171), published in March.
We therefore need more than ever a strict, complete and universal implementation of the sanctions. Such implementation is essential to preserving our leverage in serious negotiations towards the complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization of the North Korean territory. France will remain fully committed to that.