Statement by G7 Foreign Ministers on Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Launch by North Korea (25.03.22)

We strongly condemn the continued ballistic missile testing by the Foreign Ministers of Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom (G7), as well as the High Representative of the European Union, the Democratic People. Republic of Korea (DPRK) including the firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on 24 March 2022.

Since the beginning of 2022, the DPRK has carried out an unprecedented series of missile tests that build on ballistic missile tests carried out in 2021, including the firing of new so-called hypersonic missiles, and a submarine-launched one. Tested claimed ballistic missile. , These tests demonstrate the DPRK’s continued efforts to expand and further develop its ballistic missile capabilities. We are deeply sorry that the DPRK, through its most recent firing, has also abandoned its self-declared postponement on ICBM launches. We strongly condemn these acts which constitute a major violation of the DPRK’s obligations under several UN Security Council resolutions, including Resolution 2397 (2017). These reckless actions threaten regional and international peace and security, pose a dangerous and unforeseen risk to international civil aviation and maritime navigation in the region and demand a joint response from the international community, including those undertaken by UN Security. New measures that can be taken are included. Council.

We urge the DPRK to fully comply with all legal obligations arising out of relevant Security Council resolutions. We call on the DPRK to accept the negotiation proposals repeatedly made by all relevant parties, including the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan. We, the G7 Foreign Minister and the High Representative of the European Union, call on the DPRK to abandon its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a comprehensive, verifiable and irreversible manner.

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It is clear that the dire humanitarian situation in the DPRK is the result of diverting the DPRK’s resources to weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs rather than to the welfare of its people.

We call on all States to fully and effectively implement all DPRK-related preventive measures imposed by the United Nations Security Council and to address the risk of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction from the DPRK as an urgent priority. We note with concern the report of the Panel of Experts established pursuant to Resolution 1874 (2009), according to which illegal ship-to-ship transfers continue. We stand ready to assist and build capacity for effective implementation of sanctions. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we appreciate the work of the Committee 1718, which promptly approved all requests for exemption from restrictions related to COVID-19 for humanitarian assistance to the DPRK.

The G7 is committed to working with all relevant partners to achieve the goal of peace on the Korean Peninsula and to maintain the rules-based international order.

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