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In a statement on behalf of several members of the Security Council, United States ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) recent missile launches “demonstrate the regime’s determination to pursue weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes at all costs, including at the expense of its own people,” and stressed that the country’s “unlawful behaviour is a threat to international peace and security.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 20 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

20 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, ambassadors at stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“The DPRK’s unlawful behaviour is a threat to international peace and security. These launches demonstrate the regime’s determination to pursue weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes at all costs, including at the expense of its own people. Albania, Brazil, France, Ireland, Japan, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States call on our fellow Council members to be unified in condemning the DPRK for its acts in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. It is this unity, in speech and action, that has helped in the past bring the DPRK to the negotiating table and could advance stability for the region and international community.”
4. Wide shot, ambassadors at stakeout
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“It is extremely important that Member States take the necessary steps to implement the sanctions in their jurisdictions, or risk providing a blank check for the DPRK regime to advance its weapons programme. We will continue to speak out against the DPRK’s destabilizing actions as affronts to regional and international peace and stability. We call on the DPRK to cease these unlawful actions and return to dialogue. We stand ready to support a meaningful return to engagement and diplomacy without preconditions. And we reaffirm our commitment to achieving lasting peace and stability in the region, and to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions.”
6. Zoom in US ambassador returning to stakeout
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
(Begins under cutaway) “We have these sanctions for a reason, and for any Member State to oppose putting sanctions on that have been agreed to by the entire Security Council gives, in my view, the DPRK a blank check, as I said before. And it is important that we send a unified message as we said today.”
8. Pan right, US ambassador leaving stakeout

STORYLINE:

In a statement on behalf of several members of the Security Council, United States ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) recent missile launches “demonstrate the regime’s determination to pursue weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes at all costs, including at the expense of its own people,” and stressed that the country’s “unlawful behaviour is a threat to international peace and security.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (20 Jan), Thomas-Greenfield said the DPRK itself has confirmed four ballistic missiles launches in the past two weeks, adding that the launches used technology that violates Security Council resolutions.

Delivering the remarks on behalf of Albania, Brazil, France, Ireland, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and her own country, Thomas-Greenfield the countries call on their fellow Security Council members “to be unified in condemning the DPRK for its acts in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.” She said, “It is this unity, in speech and action, that has helped in the past bring the DPRK to the negotiating table and could advance stability for the region and international community.”

The countries also called on all UN Member States to implement resolutions, which have been unanimously adopted, and which call on the DPRK to abandon its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner.

The US ambassador said, “It is extremely important that Member States take the necessary steps to implement the sanctions in their jurisdictions, or risk providing a blank check for the DPRK regime to advance its weapons programme.”

Thomas-Greenfield said the group of Council members would continue to speak out against the DPRK’s “destabilizing actions as affronts to regional and international peace and stability.”

She added, “We call on the DPRK to cease these unlawful actions and return to dialogue. We stand ready to support a meaningful return to engagement and diplomacy without preconditions. And we reaffirm our commitment to achieving lasting peace and stability in the region, and to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions.”

Asked for a response to Russia or China putting a hold on the United States’ sanctions request, Thomas-Greenfield said the Council has these sanctions “for a reason, and for any Member State to oppose putting sanctions on that have been agreed to by the entire Security Council gives, in my view, the DPRK a blank check.” She said it was important that the Council send a “unified message.”
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