Joint Press Stakeout of the E3 on North Korea (Germany, France & United Kingdom)

27.08.2019 - Speech

The United Kingdom, France and Germany requested this briefing under “any other business” because we are very concerned by the series of launches of ballistic missiles by North Korea in the past weeks. We welcome the discussion that we have had ahead of regular consultations scheduled on Thursday. We reiterate our condemnation of such repeated provocative launches, which are violations of UN Security Council Resolutions.

North Korea must take concrete steps towards its complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization. We urge North Korea to engage in meaningful negotiations with the US as agreed between President Trump and Kim Jong Un on 30 June.

Serious efforts by North Korea to re-engage diplomatically and make progress on denuclearisation are the only way to guarantee security and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, as well as a brighter future for the people of North Korea. The North Korean regime is responsible for the current dire situation of its people.

International sanctions must remain in place and be fully and strictly enforced until North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes are dismantled. It is vital that the Security Council shows unity in upholding its resolutions.

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