Paris, April 13, 2012
Excerpt from the daily press briefing by Bernard Valero, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ spokesman (Paris, 13th April 2012)
France condemns this morning’s rocket launch by North Korea in violation of its international obligations. This is a provocative act that will increase tensions in the region and complicate the search for a solution to the North Korean nuclear issue.
France reaffirms that UN Security Council resolutions 1718 and 1874 demand that North Korea refrain from any activity related to a ballistic missile program. Resolution 1874 notably demands that it not conduct any “launch using ballistic missile technology.”
Together with its partners, France will refer this new development to the Security Council in order to adopt decisions likely to urge North Korea to comply with international law with a view toward the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of its nuclear and ballistic missile program.
France also calls on North Korea to refrain from any other gesture likely to further increase tensions in the region.
The Ministre d’Etat will consult with several of his counterparts, notably with those from the region, in the next few days, in order to jointly examine the consequences that must be drawn from the situation.
Bahrain – Increasing tensions
France is concerned by the increased violence in various locations in recent days. The use of violence, whatever its origin, cannot be a solution, and must be rejected by all parties.
In this respect, we condemn the attack perpetrated against police officers on April 9 in the village of Aker, which left seven of them seriously injured. Full light must be shed on the circumstances of this attack.
We also call on the Bahraini authorities to forbid the use of excessive force and in particular to avoid any inappropriate use of teargas against demonstrators.
Avenues for political dialogue that will bring all parties together must be explored in order to restore calm and promote reconciliation on a lasting basis.