North Korea: combination of pressure and dialogue
North Korea - Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 15 December 2017
A few words on the very important meeting on North Korea that we are about to have.
In France’s view, the key to a solution in North Korea is pressure and dialogue. It is not one or the other. Only a combination of the two, pressure and dialogue, can lead to a political solution.
In this regard, our position is that we favor dialogue but that is up to DPRK to demonstrate its readiness to talk, by stopping its provocations and getting back to the negotiating table. We have not seen any sign yet from DPRK in this regard.
So, for us, only maximum pressure on North Korea regime can allow us to open a dialogue and pave the way for a political solution. Maximum firmness today is our best antidote to the risk of war and our best tool to promote a political solution. Again, the key to a solution in North Korea is pressure and dialogue. It is a combination of the two.
Q: Ambassador, there have been mixed messages from Washington about whether talks should get underway without conditions. What is France’s viewpoint: should talks get on the way immediately with North Korea without any pre-conditions or do you want to see them pull back from the nuclear program first?
This was the core of my few remarks about the need of a combination of dialogue and pressure: Maximum pressure to make dialogue and a political solution possible. Maximum pressure in order to avoid the risk of war and escalation. Maximum pressure in order to give a chance to a political solution tomorrow, according to our terms, the path toward denuclearization of the peninsula. That’s the key.