United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For immediate release
February 4, 2022
Joint Statement on the Ballistic Missile Launch of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on January 30
The following is a joint statement delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, United States Representative to the United Nations, on behalf of Albania, Brazil, France, Ireland, Japan, Norway, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. .
The DPRK’s launch on January 30 (local time) of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) is a significant escalation of the DPRK’s recent violations of several Security Council resolutions and seeks to further destabilize the region. We condemn this illegal action in the strongest terms.
This IRBM marks the regime’s longest-range test since late 2017. It also marks a troubling new record – the nine ballistic missiles launched in January represent the most launches the DPRK has carried out in a single month in history. of its WMD and ballistic missile programs.
We also welcome the Secretary-General’s statement on Tuesday, which condemned the launch of the IRBM by the DPRK as a clear violation of Security Council resolutions.
We call on all members of the Council to speak with one voice in condemning these dangerous and illegal acts. Albania, Brazil, France, Ireland, Japan, Norway, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States have clearly and unequivocally expressed their concern over the continued violations of the Security Council by the DPRK and its alarming behavior.
The cost of the Council’s continued silence is too high. This will encourage the DPRK to challenge the international community more; normalize its violations of Security Council resolutions; further destabilize the region; and continue to threaten international peace and security. This is a result that we should not accept.
We urge all Member States, and in particular our fellow Council members, to play a constructive role in implementing Security Council resolutions on the DPRK, which compel the DPRK to abandon its weapons of mass destruction programs. and ballistic missiles in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner. The international sanctions regime is an important tool in addressing the threat posed by the DPRK’s illegal WMD and ballistic missile programs.
We reiterate our call on the DPRK to cease its destabilizing actions and resume dialogue. We remain committed to pursuing serious and sustained diplomacy. The DPRK must make the same commitment in order to ease regional tensions and ensure international peace and security.
We continue to urge the DPRK to respond positively to offers from the United States and others to meet without preconditions. We are ready to engage in dialogue, and we will not hesitate in our pursuit of regional peace and stability and the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolutions.