North Korea – Nuclear and ballistic non-proliferation – Statement issued by France and South Korea (12 May 2017)

Within the framework of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons scheduled to conclude on May 12 in Vienna, France and South Korea have submitted a statement condemning North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic program, with the support of 62 States parties to the treaty from all regions of the world.

While North Korea is moving closer to an operational nuclear military capacity that threatens international peace and security, this statement reaffirms the need to strengthen international cooperation and to implement the existing sanctions against North Korea with the utmost rigor.

France welcomes this large-scale mobilization by the states parties to the treaty in support of preserving the nuclear non-proliferation regime.

France, which is convinced that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic programs pose a serious threat, will continue its efforts within the UN Security Council and the EU, and together with its partners in the region to promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to ensure that the North Korean regime abandons its military nuclear program in a complete, irreversible and verifiable manner.

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