Foreign Minister Holds Telephone Conversation with his French Counterpart on Possible UNSC Responses to North Korea’s 5th Nuclear Test

1. On September 9, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se held a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of France to seek ways for the UN Security Council to respond to North Korea's fifth nuclear test.

2. Minister Yun, bringing to Minister Ayrault's attention the gravity of North Korea's fifth nuclear test, explained in detail the outcome of the analysis conducted by the government of the Republic of Korea. Minister Yun, calling North Korea's recent nuclear test a grave provocation that is in flagrant violation of Security Council Resolution 2270, asked France, a permanent member of the Security Council, to play an active role in efforts to adopt a new, tough Security Council sanctions resolution as well as to toughen unilateral sanctions of France, the EU and other individual countries.

With regard to North Korea's human rights issue, the Minister voiced hope for close cooperation between the ROK and France in inducing the international community to take necessary steps.

3. Minister Ayrault, extending appreciation to the ROK government for sharing the outcome of its analysis of the North Korean nuclear test, brought attention to the fact that the French President and he had issued statements on the heels of North Korea's nuclear test to strongly condemn it.

The Minister, calling North Korea's recent nuclear test an act that poses a serious threat to global peace and, therefore, can under no circumstances be tolerated, expressed firm commitment to impose additional sanctions. He went on to say that France, in close cooperation with the ROK government, will play an active role for a prompt implementation of such measures as the Security Council's adoption of a new sanctions resolution, its own unilateral sanctions and the EU's tough sanctions and pressure.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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