UN / DPRK UKRAINE

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In a joint statement on behalf of Albania, France, Ireland, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the DPRK's latest ballistic missile launch shows its "determination to expand its unlawful weapons capabilities" and "pose a significant threat to regional stability." On Ukraine, she said "if Russia chooses the path of conflict, " the US and partners, "are prepared to impose enormous costs on Russia’s economy, reinforce NATO’s presence in frontline allied states, and increase our defensive assistance to Ukraine." UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 10 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN Headquarters

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2. Wide shot, ambassadors walk up to podium

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

3. Close up, reporter writing on notepad

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“The DPRK’s January 5th ballistic missile launch is a clear violation of multiple Security Council resolutions. The DPRK’s continued pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs is a threat to international peace and security. This launch is the latest in a series of ballistic missile launches and shows the DPRK’s determination to expand its unlawful weapons capabilities. These actions increase the risk of miscalculation and escalation and pose a significant threat to regional stability.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

5. Close up, reporter writing on notepad

10 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“The DPRK’s record of weapons proliferation is clear. Each missile launch serves not only to advance the DPRK’s own capabilities, but to expand the suite of weapons available for export to its illicit arms clients and dealers around the world.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

7. Close up, reporter writing on notepad

10 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“We call on the DPRK to refrain from further destabilizing actions, abandon its prohibited WMD and ballistic missile programs, and engage in meaningful dialogue towards our shared goal of complete denuclearization, consistent with the Security Council resolutions. This is the only way for us to achieve lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

9. Close up, reporter writing on notepad

10 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“We have been watching closely the build-up of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border. The United States has been preparing diligently, in close consultation with our partners and allies, options based upon the path Russia chooses to take in the weeks ahead. It remains our goal to find a diplomatic way forward and avert conflict, and President Biden has instructed our diplomats to work intensively and pragmatically, including here in New York, to determine whether that is possible.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

11. Close up, reporter writing on notepad

10 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“If Russia chooses the path of conflict, the United States, our partners, and allies have been clear: We are prepared to impose enormous costs on Russia’s economy, reinforce NATO’s presence in frontline allied states, and increase our defensive assistance to Ukraine.”
13. Wide shot, Thomas-Greenfield
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“I wish that it is true that they have no plans, but everything we’ve seen so far indicate that they are making motions in that direction. And if they have decided not to move forward because of our engagement with them over the course of the past few weeks with President Biden speaking to President Putin twice, then that’s a good thing. But we will continue to prepare and to plan for responding should they take any action against Ukraine.”
15. Pan right, Thomas-Greenfield walks away

STORYLINE:

In a joint statement on behalf of Albania, France, Ireland, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield today (10 Jan) said the DPRK's latest ballistic missile launch shows its "determination to expand its unlawful weapons capabilities" and "pose a significant threat to regional stability."

Speaking to reporters outside the Security Council, Thomas-Greenfield said, the DPRK’s 5 January launch “is a clear violation of multiple Security Council resolutions” adding that its “continued pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs is a threat to international peace and security.”

The US Ambassador said, “each missile launch serves not only to advance the DPRK’s own capabilities, but to expand the suite of weapons available for export to its illicit arms clients and dealers around the world.”

In the statement, the six Council members called on the DPRK “to refrain from further destabilizing actions, abandon its prohibited WMD and ballistic missile programs, and engage in meaningful dialogue towards our shared goal of complete denuclearization, consistent with the Security Council resolutions. This is the only way for us to achieve lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

Turning to Ukraine and speaking in her national capacity, Thomas-Greenfield said, "if Russia chooses the path of conflict," the US and partners, "are prepared to impose enormous costs on Russia’s economy, reinforce NATO’s presence in frontline allied states, and increase our defensive assistance to Ukraine."

She said, “it remains our goal to find a diplomatic way forward and avert conflict, and President Biden has instructed our diplomats to work intensively and pragmatically, including here in New York, to determine whether that is possible.”

Responding to a journalist’s question about Russian claims that they do not intend to invade Ukraine, the US Ambassador said, “I wish that it is true that they have no plans, but everything we’ve seen so far indicate that they are making motions in that direction. And if they have decided not to move forward because of our engagement with them over the course of the past few weeks with President Biden speaking to President Putin twice, then that’s a good thing. But we will continue to prepare and to plan for responding should they take any action against Ukraine.”
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