Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, At a Security Council Stakeout, March 5, 2013

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY, United States
March 5, 2013


Ambassador Rice: Good morning, everyone. Today the United States tabled a draft U.S.-China agreed Security Council resolution that responds to North Korea's February 12 nuclear test. As I said here myself on February 12, the Security Council must and will deliver a credible and strong response that further impedes the growth of DPRK’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles program and its ability to engage in proliferation activities. The resolution today that we tabled does just that. It builds upon, strengthens, and significantly expands the scope of the strong UN sanctions already in place.

The sanctions contained in this draft resolution will significantly impede North Korea's ability to develop further its illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs. These sanctions—as well as a commitment to take further significant measures in the event of another launch or nuclear test—will demonstrate clearly to North Korea the continued costs of its provocations.

The resolution tabled today will take the UN sanctions imposed on North Korea to the next level, breaking new ground and imposing significant new legal obligations. For example, for the first time ever, this resolution targets the illicit activities of North Korean diplomatic personnel, North Korean banking relationships, illicit transfers of bulk cash, and new travel restrictions.

With the adoption of this resolution, which will build upon Resolutions 1718, 1874, and 2087, North Korea will be subject to some of the toughest sanctions imposed by the United Nations. The breadth and scope of these sanctions is exceptional and demonstrates the strength of the international community's commitment to denuclearization and the demand that North Korea comply with its international obligations.

We look forward to adoption of this important resolution later this week. I’m happy to take a couple of questions.

Reporter: Thank you, Madame Ambassador. Can I ask you—so, you said—you described some very significant actions in [inaudible] development. So what do you see is the challenge of implementing this new developed—new developed sanctions?

Ambassador Rice: Well, first of all we need to adopt them, and the Council will go through the process of its review. We are a fifteen member Council. Each member has a right to the opportunity to review and comment on the draft, and we hope for a unanimous adoption later this week. Obviously, in terms of implementation, this is something that has been a very important part of the United Nations efforts and the efforts of member states who have imposed these sanctions in the past. We will have provisions in this text that will enhance and strengthen the role of the Panel of Experts and the Sanctions Committee, and as part of our efforts for shared implementation and the text itself also, we think it will go some distance not only in imposing new sanctions but also in strengthening those that are already in place.

Reporter: Ambassador, last time that you passed a new resolution, North Korea responded with a nuclear test. When you adopt this resolution, do you fear there’ll be another nuclear test by North Korea, and what will be your reaction to that?

Ambassador Rice: I am not prepared to predict the provocative behavior of North Korea . All I can tell you is that the international community is united and very firm in its opposition to North Korea’s illicit nuclear and missile programs. And the more provocations that occur, the more isolated and impoverished, sadly, North Korea will become. It remains our hope that they will change course and recognize that a denuclearized Korean peninsula is in the interest not only of North Korea but of international peace and security, and that remains the objective.

Reporter: Mickey from NHK. What were the keys in the negotiation with America and China to come to the agreement. And also, have you identified already the diplomatic personnel that you’re going to put on the list?

Ambassador Rice: Well, as is always the case, we had very intensive and productive discussions in consultations, particularly with China but also with other key partners. Those consultations and negotiations resulted in the draft text that we tabled today. We are pleased that this has occurred with relative speed, and we’re very satisfied with the outcome of this draft text, which we think is quite strong and quite appropriate. And it will also contain the annexes of individual entities and items that are designated for sanctions.

Thank you.


PRN: 2013/019