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North Korea: UN Sanctions

Volume 686: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

My honourable friend the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Dr Kim Howells) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

With the support of Her Majesty's Government, the United Nations Security Council on 14 October 2006 unanimously adopted UNSCR 1718 (2006) under Chapter VII of the UN charter. The Security Council's rapid and decisive action, in response to DPRK's nuclear test on 9 October, sends a strong signal to the DPRK Government that the international community will not tolerate their irresponsible and provocative actions.

The resolution is targeted at stopping the DPRK's WMD and missile programmes and changing the behaviour of the regime in Pyongyang. We now expect the DPRK to comply with the resolution and return to the six-party talks without pre conditions. If it does comply fully with the resolution's provisions and if the talks resume successfully, the UK would expect the Security Council to lift the measures imposed by the resolution.

The resolution backs these demands by imposing sanctions against the DPRK. All states have a legal obligation to comply. The individual sanctions comprise an assets freeze and travel ban on individuals and entities involved in or supporting DPRK's nuclear and ballistic-missile programmes; a ban on making funds available to those individuals and entities; a ban on the export or supply of certain substantial military items, nuclear materials, missiles and sensitive technologies; the export of luxury goods; the provision of any technical assistance, training or other advice in relation to the military or nuclear/ballistic-missile items and the procurement of any of the sensitive items so that DPRK cannot export proliferation-sensitive technologies to other countries. The resolution also includes a provision calling on states to inspect cargo going to and from DPRK subject to action being in conformity with international law and member states' own national laws, where such action is necessary to prevent illicit trafficking in prohibited goods and materials.