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E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/31/2016 TAGS: KNNP, PARM, PREL, PHSA, EWWT, EAIR, PBTS, FR, KN SUBJECT: FRANCE SUPPORTS STRONG ENFORCEMENT OF UNSCR 1718
REF: STATE 179472
Classified By: Acting DCM Josiah Rosenblatt, reasons 1.4 b and d.
1. (C) Poloff delivered Under Secretary's letter (reftel) October 30 to Benoit Guidee, IO office director-equivalent at the MFA. Guidee reiterated France's "total solidarity" with the U.S. and agreed that the U.N. Security Council must maintain a firm stance on the North Korean nuclear tests. The GoF views Resolutions 1695 and 1718 together as a clear statement of international condemnation of North Korea's nuclear tests, while judging that the resolutions by themselves will have a limited impact in deterring North Korea's weapons program. Guidee restated the GoF position that the U.S. and France must continue to pursue dialogue with less avid partners, such as China and South Korea, who remain reluctant to implement what they perceive to be harsh sanctions regimes. Guidee was pleased to see that U/S Joseph's letter deliberately did not characterize the inspection regime as a blockade, which the South Koreans and even France would oppose on humanitarian grounds.
2. (C) Guidee said France continues to support PSI interception exercises and has no objection to using PSI as a mechanism to ensure adherence to UNSC 1718 and to prevent North Korea from receiving materials and technology that could be used in their weapons program. His one qualification was that France wants to avoid tensions with China or an overstepping of international law. Guidee added that North Korean vessels rarely enter French waters or dock at French ports, so it is unlikely that France will need to inspect questionable shipments.
3. (C) Guidee said France is in discussions with the European Union to introduce harsher measures than those contained in UNSC 1718. For example, France has introduced a proposal to ban all travel to the E.U. by official North Koreans, not
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simply those in charge of the weapons program, as stipulated in Resolution 1718.
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