Remarks by Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg, Coordinator for the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1874, following consultations with Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718, at the Security Council Stakeout

Philip S. Goldberg
Coordinator for Implementation of UNSC Resolution 1874 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
July 30, 2009


Ambassador Goldberg: Good meeting with the 1718 Committee here at the United Nations, which also now covers matters related to Resolution 1874. I briefed the committee on actions under way by the United States government to implement the resolutions. We had a discussion about some aspects of those resolutions and different ideas from the different members of the committee.

We feel very strongly that part of our work in implementing the resolutions is to maintain constant dialogue, constant contact with members of this committee, which is of course the focus of much of the activity and implementation, but also bilaterally, regionally, with our partners in Asia, with our partners in the five parties, and to continue that process; that that is an important aspect of what we're doing in information sharing and how various governments are implementing the resolutions.
With that, if you have any questions, I'll be glad to answer them.

Reporter: What are the measures that you've taken to step up, to strengthen the sanctions?

Ambassador Goldberg: Well, our view is that the resolution brings new and, Reporter:uite frankly, unprecedented measures that are at our disposal to implement. In the financial area, we have advised our banks about activities related to North Korean entities -- those that are mentioned in the sanctions committee and have been designated, but also activities with other North Korean individuals/entities, and to have a heightened sense of caution in those kinds of dealings. I think other governments have taken similar positions. And part of our task at the moment is in information sharing when we identify such transactions taking place.

The same would be true in the area of the inspections; that we need to exchange information. We all know of the recent example of the North Korean ship, the Kang Nam 1, and the information sharing and our ability to have a good result there. So we will continue that kind of activity both here at the U.N. and as governments and member states.

Reporter: Sir, are countries trying as much as they could, or could they be making extra efforts to implement these measures? And also, specifically, has China given the U.S. assurances that they will implement these measures, as they have in the past?

Ambassador Goldberg: We're off to, I think, an unprecedented start in implementing 1874 and in our continued work on 1718. What I found in that room this morning and have found in my dealings with other governments is a unity of view, a singleness of purpose in implementing these resolutions. That's the case certainly with our Chinese partners. We had further talks, as you know, this week in Washington during the Strategic and Economic Dialogue there. And it is certainly our intention to work with all member states, but especially those that can bring results in terms of implementation.

And I do believe that there have been some results. Some of those have been reported in the press, and we need to just continue with those efforts. And the active efforts and the sustainability of the resolution is very important. We can't just back off.

Reporter: When you refer to -- you used the word "unprecedented." Are you referring to the singleness of purpose or the unity, or are you referring to more specific measures?

Ambassador Goldberg: I think that in -- both. I think that the resolution allows us and gives us more to work with, clearly, and in that sense is something new. But I also found the commitment to implementation is very strong and very unified. There is no -- there is no space, in that sense.

Now, what we have to follow through on is the actual implementation and the concrete steps, the brass tacks in terms of implementing. That involves awareness about transactions, about keeping vigilant in information sharing. But in terms of the commitment, yes, I think it's very strong at the moment.

Reporter: Also, how vigorously is the U.S. going to be preceding in looking ahead in trying to give designations of the officials or envoys who were proposed but not designed in that last round? Or is that something that's probably going to wait until there's been a provocation?

Ambassador Goldberg: One of the things that we discussed and one of the ideas that I think will continue is that designations are still on the table. They still can be made. We will probably be involved in further suggestions in that area. I think other governments will as well. So this is an ongoing process. It's not a -- it's not a static one.

Reporter: Has the North -- as North Korea's biggest trading partner, have you encountered any reluctance on China's part either to agree to some designations, because they're doing trade with that country, or to inspecting contraband because of the same reason, to actually engage in business with North Korea?

Ambassador Goldberg: I'll allow China to speak for China.

Reporter: You've just -- (inaudible).

Ambassador Goldberg: I do think that, in terms of our discussions with the Chinese, that there's a very strong commitment not just on China's part or the U.S. part, on the part of all the member states to implementation. But in terms of the exact measures, I want to allow China to speak for itself.

Reporter: North Korea is showing the willingness to have one-on-one dialogue with the United States. Do you have any comment on that?

Ambassador Goldberg: We have -- we've addressed that in saying that we're interested to returning to six-party talks. But I want to stress that my business here today was on implementation of the resolutions, which are designed to further our efforts on denuclearization and nonproliferation in Asia. They're not for some disembodied reason.
So while that door of course is open, our goal is and my specific responsibility is to implement the resolutions. Thank you.


PRN: 2009/155