Secretary Pompeo Chairs UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea

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An aerial view of a large conference chamber, with dignitaries seated around a large oval wooden table and large murals on the walls.
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo chairs a meeting on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with members of the UN Security Council at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City on September 27, 2018.

Secretary Pompeo Chairs UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo chaired a United Nations Security Council meeting on nonproliferation and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on September 27, in conjunction with the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. 

In his opening remarks, Secretary Pompeo highlighted the UN consensus that "the world cannot accept a nuclear-armed North Korea." 

The Secretary also emphasized the importance of the international pressure campaign on the DPRK has resulted in the first significant diplomatic breakthrough in decades.

"Enforcement of UN Security Council sanctions must continue vigorously and without fail until we realize the fully, final, verified denuclearization. The members of this council must set the example on that effort, and we must all hold each other accountable."

- Secretary Pompeo 

Secretary Pompeo also spoke of his hope for a brighter future in the DPRK.

"I said at the beginning of my statement that we are at the dawn of a new day in the world’s relationship with North Korea. We do not yet know what that day will bring, but we are hopeful that the current breakthrough in diplomacy will yield a brighter future for North Korea and a safer world for all of us."

- Secretary Pompeo