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TITLE Spokesperson's Press Briefing (April 19, 2016)
Date 2016.04.19

Press Briefing
Spokesperson and Deputy Minister for Public Relations Cho June-hyuck
Apr. 19, 2016 14:30 KST

Good afternoon. Let me start today’s briefing.

Today, I have three announcements to make.

First, the UN Security Council issued a press statement, in which it declared that North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile on April 15 constitutes a violation of UN Security Council resolutions, and strongly condemned it.

It is the understanding of the government of the Republic of Korea that the UN Security Council issued the press statement in a prompt, stern response to a repeated provocation by North Korea.

In the lead-up to the adoption of the statement, the ROK government worked closely with the US and other allies. China, on its part, is seen to have played a role as the President of the UN Security Council for the month of April.

In particular, the adoption of the press statement carries significance in that despite the reported failure of the missile launch, it points out that the launch constitutes a violation of UN Security Council resolutions and reaffirms that the body will take significant measures should North Korea carry out further provocations.

In addition, pursuant to its resolution 2270, the UN Security Council disclosed on April 14 a list of items banned for export to North Korea that can be used in the development of nuclear weapons and missiles.

The list includes some added and modified details as well as all the items on the original list of banned items that had been discussed in the negotiations on the resolution.

On a related note, the Sri Lankan government was recently confirmed to have intercepted a North Korean’s attempt to transfer a large amount of cash and to have decided to seize the money and to impose a penalty on the person concerned.

Going forward, the ROK government will continue diplomatic efforts for the international community to thoroughly implement Security Council sanctions resolutions on North Korea.

Moving on to the second announcement, First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam, together with Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken of the US and Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki of Japan, is currently in an ROK-US-Japan vice foreign ministerial meeting, engaging in detailed and in-depth discussions on North Korea and its nuclear issue as well as ways to work together on main regional and global issues.

On the sidelines of the trilateral meeting, Vice Minister Lim will hold bilateral meetings with his US and Japanese counterparts to exchange views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula and other matters of mutual concern.

After the meetings, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will meet with the three vice ministers all together to exchange views on ways for the three countries to coordinate on the North Korean nuclear issue and to work together on global issues.

Lastly, Second Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul will attend in his capacity as the ROK’s head delegate the 21st meeting of the ROK-China Joint Economic Committee at the ROK Foreign Ministry on April 20.

China’s head delegate to the meeting will be Vice Minister of Commerce Gao Yan.

In the forthcoming meeting, the two countries will discuss the matters of mutual concern, including the progress in the ROK-China economic cooperation, in the key follow-up measures after the ROK-China summit talks in 2015, and in the implementation of the bilateral FTA. They will also share with each other their respective positions and exchange views on such matters of concern as ways to ease trade barriers and resolve challenges facing companies of the two countries operating in each other’s countries.

Thank you.

(A question-and-answer session followed.)

* unofficial translation