G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) (22 Nov 2022)

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the High Representative of the European Union strongly condemn the brazen launch of another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) carried out on 18 November 2022 of the DPRK. This missile launch is yet another flagrant violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) by the DPRK. This reckless action, along with the evidence of ongoing nuclear activities, underscores the DPRK’s determination to advance and diversify its nuclear weapons and missile capabilities. It further destabilizes the region despite calls from the international community for peace and stability.

The unprecedented series of illegal ballistic missile launches by the DPRK in 2022, including numerous intercontinental ballistic missiles and the intermediate-range ballistic missile that recklessly flew over Japan, pose a serious threat to regional and international peace and security and undermine the global non- the spread of the regime. They also pose a danger and unpredictable risk to international civil aviation and shipping in the region.

We reiterate our demand that the DPRK eliminate its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, abandon its nuclear weapons, existing nuclear programs and all other weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner, and immediately cease all related activities. The DPRK cannot and will never have the status of a nuclear-weapon state in accordance with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) or any other special status in this regard. We urge the DPRK to return at an early date to and fully comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and to fully comply with all legal obligations under relevant UNSCRs.

The DPRK’s actions require a unified and robust response from the international community, including the need for further significant action to be taken by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). We call on all states to fully and effectively implement all UN Security Council measures and sanctions against the DPRK and address the risk of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction from the DPRK as an urgent priority.

The G7 expresses its full solidarity with Japan and the Republic of Korea and urges the DPRK to cease its destabilizing actions. We urge the DPRK to resume meaningful dialogue against denuclearization and accept the repeated offers of dialogue made by the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea. By diverting its resources from providing for the needs of its people to its illegal weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, the DPRK is further exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation in the DPRK. We are committed to working with all relevant partners towards the goal of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and to upholding the rules-based international order.

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