North Korea

Board of Governors Meeting, June 7-11, 2010 Agenda Item Number 6c Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Ambassador Glyn Davies

Permanent Representative of the United States to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations Office in Vienna

Mr. Chairman,

The United States deplores North Korea’s repeated defiance of international law and its international obligations and commitments.   The United States condemns North Korea’s role in the sinking of the South Korean ship, the Cheonan, and urges international unity behind the Republic of Korea’s efforts to pursue an appropriate response before the United Nations Security Council.  This incident reinforces our resolve to address the threat to international peace and security posed by North Korea, and by its nuclear and missile programs in particular.

We commend the actions taken by the international community to implement UN Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874, as evidenced by   several successful seizures and subsequent reports to the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee.   We call on all Member States to maintain their vigilance and continue to implement these resolutions fully and transparently.

North Korea must come to understand that defiance of the international community will only deepen its isolation.  North Korea must also know that it will never achieve security or acceptance without the complete and verifiable abandonment of its nuclear weapons program.   We have been clear about what North Korea needs to do:  It must cease provocative behavior and take action to improve relations with its neighbors; take irreversible steps toward fulfilling its commitments under the Joint Statement; and comply with international law including UN Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874.

Finally, Mr. Chairman, echoing the sentiments of the international community expressed at the recently concluded NPT Review Conference, we call on North Korea to return, at an early date, to the NPT and IAEA safeguards and to fulfill its commitments under the 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks.  The United States will never accept North Korea as a nuclear weapon state.  The goal of ending North Korea’s illicit nuclear, missile, and other WMD-related activities is a critical element of our collective effort to strengthen the nonproliferation regime to which we remain firmly committed.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.