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European countries on Security Council want to maintain sanctions on North Korea

by Ace Damon
European countries on Security Council want to maintain sanctions on North Korea

European Security Council members on Tuesday called for continued international sanctions on North Korea following a closed-door meeting that Pyongyang criticized.

"International sanctions must remain in force and be fully and strictly enforced," said a statement, read by French Ambassador Nicolas de Rivière, of the six European members: Belgium, Germany, France, Poland, the United Kingdom and Estonia, which will now include that body from January 1, 2020.

On Monday, during a meeting with journalists, North Korean UN Ambassador Kim Song criticized Paris, Berlin and London, saying he was against a Security Council session on US missile testing. Koreans

"Talking about our self-defense measures in the Council will only strengthen our desire to defend our sovereignty," warned the North Korean diplomat, while negotiations between the United States and his country are at a standstill.

Tuesday's meeting was called by Berlin, Paris and London because of their "deep collective concern" following the October 2 firing of a missile that crashed into Japan's exclusive economic zone and other firings at the end of August, it specifies. the declaration of the six European countries.

"These provocative actions undermine security and regional stability and clearly violate Security Council resolutions," the Europeans added, urging Pyongyang to resume "good faith" negotiations with the United States.

"The decisions of the Security Council are clear: North Korea has an obligation to abandon its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles completely, verifiably and irreversibly," they point out.

The North Koreans are subject to three economic sanctions regimes adopted in 2017 by the United Nations to disrupt nuclear and ballistic weapons programs.

Sanctions include restrictions on oil imports and bans on North Korean exports of coal, fish and textiles.

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