Explanation of Vote by Sweden at the UN Security Council Adoption on DPRK
Explanation of Vote on behalf of Sweden at the United Nations Security Council Adoption of Resolution on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 02 June 2017, New York
We welcome the unanimous decision of members of the Security Council to adopt this resolution. The Council's action comes in response to the intensified pattern of provocations by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and demonstrates, once again, the unity and resolve of the Council on this issue.
Sweden condemns in the strongest terms the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's persistence of repeated launches of ballistic missiles. Such actions are in blatant violation of relevant Security Council resolutions. We stand with the neighbouring countries and their peoples, who are living under the constant shadow of the DPRK's threatening behaviour.
DPRK continues to show blatant disregard for its international obligations. Implementation of all relevant resolutions, including the one just adopted, is crucial. We call on all UN member states to meet their obligations in this regard.
Finally, sanctions alone will not solve the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Intensified and creative diplomatic efforts are needed to avoid misunderstanding and further escalation and to begin to prepare for a peaceful, diplomatic and comprehensive solution for the peninsula and the wider region. We call on the DPRK to re-engage in a credible and meaningful dialogue with the international community.