North Korea sanctions: Security Council must be firm
North Korea - Remarks to the press by François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 28 April 2017
Q: Ambassador, on North Korea, what does it say that they’ve done this missile test just hours after your meeting?
On North Korea, as you know, the Security Council is mobilized; I think that’s one of the lessons of today’s meeting. There may be some nuances of course in terms of policy, but in terms of the direction towards the denuclearization of North Korea, there is unanimity within the Council and it’s very important. And I also attended the lunch, and I believe the lunch was also positive in this respect in allowing a useful and, I believe, mostly positive exchange of views around the table. So based on this, you know France’s position: we are on the firm side, we consider that the Security Council has to assume its responsibilities to be very firm in terms of the implementation of existing sanctions, in terms of adopting new sanctions if necessary, and tightening the regime of sanctions, and also, which I did earlier today, in terms of denouncing the Human Rights policy of this regime, which is absolute totalitarism.