The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - August 12, 2019
In this issue:

◢  North Korea – Ballistic missile launches (August 10, 2019)

◢  Foreign terrorist fighters

North Korea – Ballistic missile launches (August 10, 2019)

We took note, with deep concern, of information we received concerning further missile launches by North Korea on Saturday, August 10.

France reaffirms its condemnation of these repeated launches, which undermine regional security and violate UN Security Council resolutions. France calls on North Korea to comply with Security Council resolutions, to promptly resume its dialogue with the United States on denuclearization, and to swiftly begin the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of its WMD programs. As long as this goal is not achieved, UN Security Council sanctions will be maintained.

Foreign terrorist fighters

Can you confirm that the UN wrote to the French government to denounce the transfer of French jihadists from Syria to Iraq? Do you have any comment?

Agnès Callamard's allegations are not based on any prior exchange of views with the French authorities, as provided by the special procedures of the Human Rights Council. They are completely unsubstantiated, based on pure speculation and represent her own opinion. Indeed, the special rapporteurs appointed by the UN Human Rights Council are independent experts. They speak on their own behalf, not on behalf of the UN.

In regard to adult French nationals, men and women who joined Daesh to fight in the Levant, France's position remains steadfast: They must be tried as close as possible to the places where they committed their crimes. It’s a matter of both justice and security. We respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi state, including its judicial institutions which have stated that they have jurisdiction to try French fighters belonging to Daesh, without any sort of financial compensation whatsoever. The Iraqi authorities know that France opposes capital punishment everywhere and in all circumstances, and that it asks that death sentences not be applied.

Finally, France reaffirms its unwavering fight against terrorism and its determination to see that justice is done wherever Daesh has committed its barbaric crimes.

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