Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Security Council Stakeout Following the Delivery of a Joint Statement on the DPRK

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
U.S. Representative to the United Nations
New York, New York
January 20, 2022


QUESTION: Ambassador, what’s your response to Russia or China putting a hold on your sanctions request?

AMBASSADOR LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD: We have these sanctions for a reason, and for any Member State to oppose putting sanctions on that have been agreed to by the entire Security Council gives, in my view, the DPRK a blank check, as I said before. And it is important that we send a unified message as we said today.

QUESTION: Ambassador, on Ukraine, isn’t it time for the Council now to have a meeting on Ukraine if you want to stop Putin. As President Biden said yesterday, he thinks he’s going to invade. Would it not be a good idea to get the Council to meet now?

AMBASSADOR THOMAS-GREENFIELD: You know, we’re engaging with members of the Security Council. I’m engaging with them on a regular basis. And when the time comes, we will be ready to bring this to the Council’s attention.

Thank you.