Remarks by Ambassador Schulz during the Security Council VTC AOB on North Korea, March 31, 2020

31.03.2020 - Speech

Check Against Delivery

I would like to join our UK friends in strongly condemning the renewed testing of two short range ballistic missiles by the DPRK. With these latest tests, the DPRK continues to ignore its obligations under the relevant Security Council resolutions. And this is particularly worrying in light of the unprecedented global threat faced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even at a time when global solidarity and cooperation should be a top priority, the DPRK is unfortunately irresponsibly endangering international security with these launches. So we therefore urge all members of this Council to use our respective channels for the DPRK to make this point that this is not the time for further brinkmanship and that the DPRK should refrain from further violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions.


One quick word on the humanitarian issue. We are also very deeply concerned about the well-being of the North Korean people and the humanitarian situation in North Korea. And we would note that this Council has lived up to its responsibilities and granted all COVID-19 related humanitarian exemption requests with unprecedented speed and urgency. I believe we are united in our determination to continue this work and as Chair of the Sanctions Committee. We would like to explicitly thank all of you for the efficient preparation in handling these requests. The sanctions are therefore no impediment to effectively combating COVID-19 in the DPRK.

We have to sadly note that the DPRK unfortunately continues to give priority once more to its illegal weapons programs instead of working with the WHO and the UN family to make best use of the assistance on offer. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lack of transparency in DPRK's cooperation with the UN over COVID-19 which we find dangerous and cynical. Thank you very much.


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