Q - According to the President “France stands ready to take any new initiative liable to prevent an escalation in North Korea.” Do you have new proposals or are you waiting to see what happens in the Security Council in the coming weeks?
A - As the President said yesterday, in conjunction with “the other permanent members of the UN Security Council, France stands ready to take any new initiative liable to put an end to escalation, bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table, and rigorously implement the resolution adopted on August 5.”
The firing of missiles by North Korea, in violation of Security Council resolutions, threatens regional and international security. We strongly condemn them and will continue to work with our partners to make North Korea abide by its international obligations and to proceed with the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear and ballistic programs.
I would remind you that Security Council resolution 2371 of August 5 condemns the North Korea’s missile tests in July and strengthens the sanctions regime. It also strengthens the implementation of existing sanctions. In particular, the text imposes a complete export ban on several North Korean products, including coal, iron and lead, and all fishery products. This resolution also prohibits the establishment of new joint ventures with North Korean entities and additional investments in those that already exist. Finally, it imposes sanctions on additional individuals and entities.