Canada Welcomes Security Council Resolution 1874 on North Korea

(No. 160 - June 12, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, welcomed today’s UN Security Council adoption of Resolution 1874 in response to North Korea’s recent actions.

“Canada welcomes the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1874, which imposes additional binding sanctions on North Korea in response to the country’s May 25 nuclear test,” said Minister Cannon. “This resolution demonstrates the strong and united response of the international community to North Korea’s unacceptable recent actions.”

“Canada already fulfills its obligations under Security Council Resolution 1718, which was passed in 2006, and will now swiftly implement all additional binding sanctions introduced under Resolution 1874 into Canadian domestic law.”

Resolution 1874 condemns in the strongest terms North Korea’s May 25 nuclear test, and demands that the country immediately and fully comply with its obligations under previous Security Council resolutions.

This resolution covers a wide range of areas and, notably, expands the scope of the UN-imposed embargo on the transfer of arms to and from North Korea to include a broader range of items, along with financial transactions related to those items. It also prohibits the provision of services to North Korean vessels suspected of carrying cargo that violates Security Council resolutions.

The new resolution also calls upon North Korea to return immediately to the Six-Party Talks and demands that North Korea return to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

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