UN / DPRK

11-May-2022 00:04:13
A top United Nations official told the Security Council that “the Secretary-General strongly condemns the DPRK’s continued development of missiles using ballistic missile technology. Such actions are clear violations of relevant Security Council resolutions and contribute to increasing tensions in the region and beyond.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DPRK
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DATELINE: 11 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

11 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Khaled Khiari, Assistant Secretary-General for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“Madam President, the Secretary-General strongly condemns the DPRK’s continued development of missiles using ballistic missile technology. Such actions are clear violations of relevant Security Council resolutions and contribute to increasing tensions in the region and beyond. It should be recalled that the Security Council, in resolution 2397 (2017), reaffirmed its decisions that the DPRK shall not conduct any further launches using ballistic missile technology.”
4.Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Khaled Khiari, Assistant Secretary-General for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations: “These developments all relate to the DPRK’s continuing pursuit of its nuclear programme. While some States continue to rely on nuclear weapons in their security policies, nuclear weapons pose an existential threat to humanity. Their existence heightens the risk of unintended escalation or miscalculation. We must strengthen our efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Khaled Khiari, Assistant Secretary-General for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“The Secretary-General reaffirms his commitment to working with all parties for sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He urges the DPRK to comply with the decisions of the Council, reset the course to dialogue and build on previous diplomatic efforts.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations:
“Although the US side verbally claims to be willing to engage in unconditional dialogue, when it comes to actions, it is continuing to tighten sanctions and exert pressure. This is clearly not constructive. The new draft resolution proposed by the US, evoking Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, is centered on furthering sanctions, which is not an appropriate way to address the current situation on the Peninsula.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“We need to speak up, now, with a strong and unified voice, in condemnation of the DPRK’s behavior. We need to act now to restrict any further unlawful developments before it’s too late. We encourage all Council members to support our proposed resolution and show that the Security Council will respond to threats to international peace and security and to blatant violations of its resolutions.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Cho Hyun, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations:
“The Republic of Korea condemns in the strongest terms, the DPRK’s recent ballistic missile launches, which constitutes a flagrant violation of multiple Security Council resolutions. It poses a significant threat to the Korean Peninsula, the region and the international community and is also a serious challenge to the global Non-Proliferation regime.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) ISHIKANE Kimihiro, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
“We need swift Council’s actions in the form of a new sanctions resolution. North Korea has publicly declared that it will implement its five-year plan which includes a new solid fuel ICBMs tactical nuclear weapon, the right message to discourage such potential developments and urge them to come back to diplomatic dialogue can only be set through a new resolution. Japan honestly support the US initiative for new resolution in this respect. We request all the Council members to do the same.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
A top United Nations official told the Security Council that “the Secretary-General strongly condemns the DPRK’s continued development of missiles using ballistic missile technology. Such actions are clear violations of relevant Security Council resolutions and contribute to increasing tensions in the region and beyond.”

Speaking to the Council today (11 May) in New York, Assistant Secretary-General for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Khaled Khiari, said that DPRK has launched more missiles in the past five months than in the prior two years combined.

Khiari said, “these developments all relate to the DPRK’s continuing pursuit of its nuclear programme, adding that “while some States continue to rely on nuclear weapons in their security policies, nuclear weapons pose an existential threat to humanity.”

He reiterated that the existence of such weappons “heightens the risk of unintended escalation or miscalculation. We must strengthen our efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons.”

The Assistant Secretary-General also said, “the Secretary-General reaffirms his commitment to working with all parties for sustainable peace and the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. He urges the DPRK to comply with the decisions of the Council, reset the course to dialogue and build on previous diplomatic efforts.”

Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun said, “although the US side verbally claims to be willing to engage in unconditional dialogue, when it comes to actions, it is continuing to tighten sanctions and exert pressure. This is clearly not constructive.”

Ambassador Zhang continued, “the new draft resolution proposed by the US, evoking Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, is centered on furthering sanctions, which is not an appropriate way to address the current situation on the Peninsula.”

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield whose country holds the presidency of this Month’s Council said, “we need to speak up, now, with a strong and unified voice, in condemnation of the DPRK’s behavior.”

She reiterated, “we need to act now to restrict any further unlawful developments before it’s too late.”

The US Ambassador added, “we encourage all Council members to support our proposed resolution and show that the Security Council will respond to threats to international peace and security and to blatant violations of its resolutions.”

Cho Hyun, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, also briefied the Council.

He said that his country “condemns in the strongest terms, the DPRK’s recent ballistic missile launches, which constitutes a flagrant violation of multiple Security Council resolutions. It poses a significant threat to the Korean Peninsula, the region and the international community and is also a serious challenge to the global Non-Proliferation regime.”

Japanese Ambassador Shikane Kimihiro said, “we need swift Council’s actions in the form of a new sanctions resolution. North Korea has publicly declared that it will implement its five-year plan which includes a new solid fuel ICBMs tactical nuclear weapon, the right message to discourage such potential developments and urge them to come back to diplomatic dialogue can only be set through a new resolution. Japan honestly support the US initiative for new resolution in this respect. We request all the Council members to do the same.”
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