Statement by Sweden at the UN Security Council Briefing Non-Proliferation (DPRK)
National Statement delivered by Ambassador Olof Skoog on behalf of Sweden at the United Nations Security Council Briefing Non-Proliferation (DPRK), Wednesday, 05 July 2017, New York.
The missile yesterday, of possible inter-continental range, illustrates the DPRK's determination to continue the development of its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programme. This is a cause of great concern for the region and, indeed, for the world.
Sweden condemns yesterday's test in the strongest possible terms. We once again call on the DPRK to cease all development of its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programme, and to take immediate steps towards the programme's complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement in accordance with relevant Security Council Resolutions.
The continued unity of the Security Council in the face of the DPRK's blatant violations of this Council's resolutions is of the utmost importance; as is the effective implementation of relevant Council resolutions by all countries. Implementation of the sanctions against the DPRK remains insufficient and highly inconsistent. We reiterate that all UN member states must do their utmost in this regard.
There is no military solution to the situation on the Korean Peninsula. There is an urgent need for redoubled efforts to build confidence, avoid further escalation and take steps to prepare for a peaceful, diplomatic and comprehensive solution to the situation on the Korean Peninsula and for the wider region.
All must contribute to this end, and we welcome all initiatives to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue. Tensions have risen in recent months and the potential for mistakes, misunderstanding and miscalculation is high. A regional security mechanism should be the medium-term goal.
We remain fully committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. We reiterate our solidarity with the neighbouring countries and their peoples, who are living under the constant shadow of the DPRK's threatening behaviour.We again call on the DPRK to re-engage in a credible and meaningful dialogue with the international community. In the meantime, Sweden will stand united with Council members in condemning any action that jeopardises international peace and security.