GENEVA / CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT

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Nuclear testing by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a violation of global norms, and the Security Council's united stance in taking measures to curb the country's rogue behaviour is crucial to international peace and security, according to the United Nations most senior official on disarmament issues. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT
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DATELINE: 12 SEPTEMBER 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, UN courtyard
3. Wide shot, press briefing room
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
”So all the countries of the international community have not tested nuclear weapons except for one country, DPRK. This is the sixth time and this is therefore clearly a challenge and a violation against the global norm that the international community has been upholding. We would like to maintain that, so there is in fact a very long- term global implications of what the DPRK has been doing through their provocative actions, beyond in fact just the regional instability questions. So that is something that I have emphasized in my statement to the Conference on Disarmament.”
6. Close up, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
”The United Nations is already engaged in a number of ways, we are very actively monitoring and following the situation of all sorts of things including monitoring of testing and missile launches. The Secretary-General has repeatedly said that he stands ready to play a role if he is requested by member states to offer his good offices in terms of for example reducing tensions over the case. But also if there are any role requested of him in terms of facilitating discussions and dialogues.”
8. Med shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
”Today in the CD (Conference on Disarmament) a number of countries that took the floor that commented on DPRK, they all in fact stated their support for the united position of the Security Council. So it does have an impact, the Security Council being the organ of the Untied Nation in charge, or responsible for maintenance of international peace and security. I think it is one of the critical, or one of the most important elements in terms of finding a peaceful solution to any crisis, including DPRK.”
10. Close up, photographer
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
”As far as I could hear, no one is really asking for any collapse of DPRK, quite the contrary. No one is talking about regime change, quite on the contrary. I have messages that are stated by all of those countries concerned that that is not their intentions. So for the UN it is very important that we talk about the peaceful solutions.”
12. Med shot, journalists

STORYLINE:

Nuclear testing by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a violation of global norms, and the Security Council's united stance in taking measures to curb the country's rogue behaviour is crucial to international peace and security, according to the United Nations most senior official on disarmament issues.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (12 Sep), Izumi Nakamitsu said "all the countries of the international community have not tested nuclear weapons except for one country, DPRK. This is the sixth time and this is therefore clearly a challenge and a violation against the global norm that the international community has been upholding." She added, "We would like to maintain that, so there is in fact a very long-term global implications for what the DPRK has been doing through their provocative.”

Asked about the involvement of the UN following the recent provocations by North Korea, including the nuclear test and the launching of ballistic missiles, the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs said “the United Nations is already engaged in a number of ways, we are very actively monitoring and following the situation of all sorts of things including monitoring of testing and missile launches.”

She added, “the UN Secretary-General has repeatedly said that he stands ready to play a role if he is requested by member states to offer his good offices in terms of, for example, reducing tensions over the case. But also if there are any role requested of him in terms of facilitating discussions and dialogues.”

Last night the UN Security Council adopted unanimously a new resolution in response to the sixth nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). A statement released by the Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General after the vote said that "maintaining unity in the Security Council is crucial in tackling security challenges on the Korean Peninsula and beyond."
Nakamitsu said, ”Today in the CD (Conference on Disarmament) a number of countries that took the floor that commented on DPRK, they all in fact stated their support for the united position of the Security Council.”

She added, “So it does have an impact, the Security Council being the organ of the United Nations in charge, or responsible for maintenance of international peace and security. I think it is one of the critical, or one of the most important elements in terms of finding a peaceful solution to any crisis, including DPRK”.

Clarifying that the international community was not trying to bring the DPRK to its knees, Nakamitsu noted that ”as far as I could hear, no one is really asking for any collapse of DPRK, quite the contrary. No one is talking about regime change, quite on the contrary. I have messages that are stated by all of those countries concerned that that is not their intentions. So for the UN it is very important that we talk about the peaceful solutions.”
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