Security Council Press Statement on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launch, Engine Test

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23 March 2017

Security Council Press Statement on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launch, Engine Test

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Matthew Rycroft (United Kingdom):

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the most recent ballistic missile launch conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 21 March 2017, as well as a ballistic missile engine test on 19 March 2017.  The launch and engine test are in grave violation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s international obligations under United Nations Security Council resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009), 2087 (2013), 2094 (2013), 2270 (2016), and 2321 (2016).

The members of the Security Council deplore all the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s ballistic missile activities, including this launch and the engine test, noting that such activities contribute to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and increase tension in the region and beyond, as well as the risk of a regional arms race.  The members of the Security Council further regretted that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is diverting resources to the pursuit of ballistic missiles while Democratic People’s Republic of Korea citizens have great unmet needs.

The members of the Security Council expressed serious concern over the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s increasingly destabilizing behaviour and flagrant and provocative defiance of the Security Council by conducting these ballistic missile launches after the 15 April, 23 April, 27 April, 28 April, 31 May, 21 June, 9 July, 18 July, 2 August, 23 August, 5 September, 14 October, and 19 October launches of 2016, the 11 February and 5 March 2017 launches, as well as the nuclear test of 9 September 2016.  The members of the Security Council reiterated that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea shall refrain from further actions, including nuclear tests, in violation of the relevant Security Council resolutions, and comply fully with its obligations under these resolutions.

The members of the Security Council called upon all Member States to redouble their efforts to implement fully the measures imposed on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea by the Security Council, particularly the comprehensive measures contained in resolutions 2321 (2016) and 2270 (2016).  The members of the Security Council directed the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718 (2006) to intensify its work to strengthen enforcement of resolutions 2321 (2016) and 2270 (2016) and assist Member States to comply with their obligations under those resolutions and other relevant resolutions.  The members of the Security Council also called on Member States to report as soon as possible on concrete measures they have taken in order to implement effectively the provisions of resolutions 2321 (2016) and 2270 (2016).

The members of the Security Council reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in North-East Asia at large, expressed their commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation and welcomed efforts by Council members, as well as other States, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue.  The members of the Security Council emphasized the vital importance of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea showing sincere commitment to denuclearization and stressed the importance of working to reduce tensions in the Korean Peninsula and beyond.

The members of the Security Council agreed that the Security Council would continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures, in line with the Council’s previously expressed determination.

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