France warns NKorea to treat UN resolution seriously

13th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

France urged North Korea Friday to address the reality of tough new United Nations sanctions, hailing world leaders' firm stance on nuclear "provocations."

Paris - France urged North Korea Friday to address the reality of tough new United Nations sanctions, hailing world leaders' firm stance on nuclear "provocations."

In saluting the unanimous United Nations Security Council resolution, France said the international community had "reacted firmly to serious provocations by reinforcing significantly the regime of sanctions.

The foreign ministry added in its statement: "France calls on North Korea to abstain from fresh provocations which would only ratchet up tensions in the region."

All 15 council members endorsed the compromise resolution sponsored by Britain, France, Japan, South Korea and the United States.

The text, which does not authorize the use of force, calls on UN member states to slap expanded sanctions on North Korea in response to its 25 May underground nuclear test and subsequent missile firings.

These include tougher inspections of cargo suspected of containing banned items related to North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile activities, a tighter arms embargo with the exception of light weapons and new targeted financial restrictions to choke off an important source of revenue for Pyongyang's nuclear and missile sectors.

AFP/ Expatica

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