European Union to hold 'extraordinary meeting' over N.Korea

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

The European Union (EU) has said that it will convene an extraordinary session next week to discuss the escalating tension with North Korea.

To remind, the U.N. Security Council on Saturday adopted Resolution 2371 to toughen sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development programs.

With the move, 62 people and 50 entities, such as companies, organizations and banks, are now under sanctions in line with the United Nations list.

The EU extended sanctions against the DPRK, adding nine people and four companies, including the state foreign trade Bank of North Korea in the sanctions list. The EU has a policy of critical engagement towards North Korea and its goals are to support a lasting diminution of tensions on the Korean peninsula and uphold the global non-proliferation regime.

Pyongyang promised to retaliate against the United States, which led to US President Donald Trump warning on Tuesday that Washington would respond with "fire and fury" to any possible threats. "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!" The U.S. orchestrated the unanimous adoption of the resolution in response to the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month.

The EU has long trumpeted that its sanctions against the DPRK are "among the most restrictive in operation", nonetheless, the bloc insisted on solving the Korean Peninsula issue through peaceful means.

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