U.S. Statement on Agenda Item 7 (b): Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
As delivered by Ambassador Jackie Wolcott
Vienna, September 11, 2019
Thank you, Madam Chair.
The United States remains ready to resume negotiations with the DPRK to discuss realizing the commitments President Trump and Chairman Kim made at their summit in Singapore last year, including the complete denuclearization of the DPRK. However, despite our diplomatic overtures, they have not resulted in working-level negotiations toward that goal and the DPRK has failed to take significant steps toward the elimination of its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles program.
The DPRK’s continued development of its unlawful nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, and its proliferation activities remain an unacceptable threat to international peace and security. Relevant UN Security Council resolutions that apply to the DPRK remain in full effect, and UN Member States are bound by the obligations they impose. These existing UN Security Council resolutions have been effective in bringing the DPRK to the negotiating table and must continue to be implemented and enforced as long as they remain in effect.
We appreciate the Agency’s continued efforts to monitor the DPRK’s nuclear program and to strengthen its readiness to resume monitoring and verification activities in the DPRK if called upon to do so. We also share the Acting Director General’s troubling assessment of the DPRK’s unlawful nuclear program and its continued violations of relevant UN Security Council resolutions. Although we stand ready to engage the DPRK in constructive negotiations, there can be no wavering from our collective demand that the DPRK fully comply with its international obligations and commitments, and from our collective determination to maintain pressure on the DPRK regime. We are united in calling on the DPRK to cease all provocations, abide by its obligations under relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, and to resume negotiations with the United States to achieve complete denuclearization. The only way for the DPRK to achieve the security and prosperity that it seeks is by abandoning its Weapons of Mass Destruction and ballistic missile programs. If it does so, we remain ready to help build a bright economic future for the people of the DPRK, the region, and the world.
Thank you, Madam Chair.