The DPRK’s February 27 (local time) launch of a ballistic missile is yet another example of the DPRK’s recent pattern of destabilizing behaviors. This is the 10th ballistic missile launch so far this year, each one a violation of multiple Security Council resolutions. We condemn these unlawful and destabilizing actions in the strongest terms.
DPRK state media claimed the launch was conducted to support testing of a reconnaissance satellite. Multiple Security Council resolutions expressly prohibit the DPRK from conducting launches that use ballistic missile technology. This launch is a clear violation of multiple resolutions and should be condemned by the Council.
We call on all Council members to speak with one voice in condemning these dangerous and unlawful acts. Albania, Brazil, France, Ireland, Japan, Norway, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States have previously expressed our concerns clearly and unequivocally. The chorus of voices condemning the DPRK’s action grows, as today we are joined by Australia, New Zealand, and the Republic of Korea.
We urge all Member States to implement fully all Security Council resolutions relating to the DPRK. These Security Council resolutions also obligate the DPRK to abandon its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner. The international sanctions regime is an important tool for addressing this threat to international peace and security.
We remain committed to seeking serious and sustained diplomacy and urge Pyongyang to respond positively to outreach from the United States. We urge the DPRK to choose the path of diplomacy to ease regional tensions and promote international peace and security We stand ready to engage in dialogue, and we will not waver in our pursuit of peace and stability.