Spiegazioni di Voto pronunciate dall’Ambasciatore Sebastiano Cardi, Rappresentante Permanente dell’Italia presso le Nazioni Unite, al Dibattito in Consiglio di Sicurezza sull’adozione della risoluzione sulla non proliferazione nella Repubblica Popolare Democratica di Corea—
• Italy welcomes the unanimous adoption of this resolution. Today, the Security Council has sent another message of unity and determination against the repeated provocations of the DPRK, which constitute a flagrant violation of international law and a serious threat to regional and international peace and security. We thank the United States and China for moving this resolution forward, in a constructive spirit of active collaboration with all relevant actors, which remains crucial to the overall efforts to bring peace and stability to the Korean peninsula.
• Italy reaffirms its strong condemnation of North Korea’s recent missile and nuclear related activities. The DPRK must end its blatant disregard for its international obligations and take immediate steps to abandon its defiant and self-isolating policies, first of all by committing to an immediate and complete end to the development of its missile and nuclear programs in a verifiable and irreversible manner.
• As Chair of the 1718 Committee, we continue to work tirelessly in order to ensure the full implementation of all relevant Security Council resolutions by the whole UN membership. A rigorous and effective sanctions regime is essential in order to make the DPRK leadership calculate the price of its defiance of this Council and of the International Community as a whole.
• Lastly I would like to emphasize that Italy believes these sanctions must remain a tool for a wider strategy aimed at achieving lasting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. Sanctions regimes are not an end in themselves, and negative consequences on the civilian population and the humanitarian situation in the country must be avoided. The ultimate objective is to produce a change of behavior by the DPRK which can frame a path towards the achievement of a peaceful and comprehensive solution for the Korean Peninsula and the region as a whole.