In New York today the Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Benedetto Della Vedova, took part in a ministerial-level meeting of the UN Security Council dedicated to the denuclearisation of North Korea. The meeting, organised by the
the US rotating presidency, was chaired by US Secretary of State Tillerson and opened by a briefing from U.N. Secretary General Guterres.
Della Vedova expressed Italy’s firm condemnation of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programme, which he said represents a threat to international peace and security, as well to the non-proliferation regime. Undersecretary Della Vedova pointed out the contribution of Italy, that holds the presidency of the Committe on the sanctions against North Korea (Committee 1728), on the full implementation of sanctions, the importance of sanctions in creating the conditions for a peaceful solution to the crisis and the willingness of Italy to support the adoption of other sanctions if North Korea continues to violate its international obligations. He highlighted the prejudice that the North Korean nuclear and missile programme causes to the population and its unfitness to guarantee the safety of Pyongyang, that would lie in the path towards the reintegration of the country into the international community.