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Estonia endorses the Joint Statement from Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Partners in Support of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2375 and 2397 Enforcement

26.02.2018

Estonia endorses the Joint Statement from Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Partners in Support of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2375 and 2397 Enforcement, reiterating its determination to uphold commitments enshrined in the Statement of Interdiction Principles, which are at the core of the PSI activities.

Estonia joins the PSI Statement in confirmation of its support for the enforcement of the UN Security Council Resolutions in response to a number of provocative actions by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Nearly fifteen years after the establishment of the PSI, WMD proliferation continues to be a threat, and the need for a global effort to counter that threat remains as great as ever.  On September 11, 2017, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted UN Security Council Resolution 2375 in response to the sixth nuclear test conducted by the DPRK.  This UNSCR included provisions specific to maritime interdiction of North Korean ships carrying goods that generate revenue for North Korea’s WMD program.  On December 22, 2017, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted UNSCR 2397 in response to the DPRK’s intercontinental ballistic missile launch conducted on November 28, 2017.  UNSCR 2397 further strengthens UN sanctions on the DPRK, sending a clear message that the international community speaks with one voice in condemning the DPRK’s violations of UN Security Council resolutions, and demanding that the DPRK abandon its prohibited nuclear, ballistic missile, and other WMD programs.

Proliferation Security Initiative is a global effort that aims to stop trafficking of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems, and related materials to and from states and non-state actors of proliferation concern. Launched on May 31, 2003, PSI represents a commitment by participating countries to proactively enforce their own existing national laws to intercept threatening trade passing through their territories, where they have the jurisdiction to act. To date, Estonia is among 105 countries to have endorsed the PSI.

Joint statement: https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/01/277419.htm

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