24 August 2016 - When it comes to issues of proliferation we can’t be weak
Remarks to the press by Mr Alexis Lamek, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, chargé d’Affaires a.i. - 24 August 2016
We have two issues of non-proliferation today, two issues related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
First, we are going to have a discussion a bit later today on North Korea. As you know, North Korea has fired another ballistic missile yesterday. This is of course a violation of Security Council resolution, it’s a threat to international peace and security. What we need now is a quick and firm reaction by the Security Council. And I very much hope that today we will be able to have that. It is necessary, when it comes to issues of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, we cannot afford to be weak.
The second issue is Syria, we have the JIM report. The JIM actually produced the report it was created for. That report establishes responsibilities. It states clearly that the Syrian regime and Daesh have perpetuated chemical attacks in Syria. In the case of the regime several cases are identified. Now, here again, it will be for the Security Council to take its responsibilities. And again, when it comes to proliferation, use of chemical weapons, of such weapons of mass destruction, we cannot afford being weak, and as the Council, we have to act.
Q:Will there be any action by the Security counselor about the chemical weapons?
I very much hope so, yes. Now, we have all the elements to act.