North Korea – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (March 2, 2016)

I welcome the unanimous adoption by the UN Security Council of resolution 2270 which substantially strengthens the sanctions regime imposed on North Korea.

This is a firm and determined response on the part of the international community to this country’s irresponsible and unacceptable provocations. France very strongly condemned the nuclear test on January 6 as well as the ballistic missile launch on February 7.

I again urge North Korea to immediately comply with its international obligations and to proceed with the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear and ballistic programs. I also urge it to resume the path of dialogue and to finally make a positive contribution to peace and security in the Korean Peninsula and the region.

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