C O N F I D E N T I A L ROME 003068
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/09/2016
TAGS: PARM PREL XX KN UN IT
SUBJECT: ITALY WORKING ON UNSCR 1718 OBLIGATIONS REPORT TO
UN, HAS LITTLE DPRK CONTACT
REF: A. STATE 180512
Â¶B. ROME 2954
Classified By: Political Minister-Counselor David Pearce for reasons 1.
4 (b) and (d).
Â¶1. (C) Poloffs November 8 met separately with Filippo
Nicosia, MFA East Asia Office, and Filippo Formica, Office
Director for Non-Proliferation to deliver Ref A points
requesting countries take steps to meet their obligations
under UNSCR 1718 on DPRK Conventional Arms. Nicosia noted
that, while Italy and Italian companies had very little
contact with the DPRK (Ref B), Italy was taking its
obligations seriously and was preparing the required report
to the UN on actions it has taken to comply with UNSCR 1718.
Â¶2. (C) The sole Italian company operating in the DPRK,
Misano, had frozen its business in North Korea (Ref B) since
the nuclear missile test, Nicosia said. He added that the
company consulted with the MFA often and that the GOI had
always discouraged Misano from doing business in the DPRK.
No Italian companies participated in the recent Pyongyang
trade fair, according to Nicosia. He also said the GOI had
no relationship with the Korea Mining Development Trading
Corporation. Nicosia noted that the information in the
demarche would be useful in the unlikely case that a company
with an interest in doing business in or with the DPRK
approached the MFA for guidance.
Â¶3. (C) Formica, who has received previous demarches on North
Korea, reiterated Italy's consistent policy of not doing
business with North Korea. Formica underscored that the GOI
would not approve any of the exchanges described in Ref A
points. Formica understood that the USG request also
included possible transit through Italy by North Korean
firms, and offered that Italy would be vigilant if KMDTC
attempted to use Italy as a transit point.