European Union External Action

Statement by the HR/VP Federica Mogherini on the launch of a ballistic missile over Japan by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Bruxelles, 15/09/2017 - 11:11, UNIQUE ID: 170915_41
Statements by the HR/VP

Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the launch of a ballistic missile over Japan by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Today's launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) of another Ballistic Missile over Japan is a new outrageous provocation. The security of the DPRK's immediate neighbours, the wider region and the entire international community is threatened. The DPRK's international obligations are breached.

The European Union stands in solidarity with the people of Japan, the Republic of Korea and the wider region. I will be in touch with the Foreign Minister of Japan, Taro Kono, to address this latest launch and keep coordinating the work. 

The European Union stays consistent and united in its position: the DPRK must cease further reckless provocations and abandon its nuclear weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner and immediately cease all related activities.

The unanimous decision of the United Nations Security Council to introduce fresh sanctions on the DPRK only a few days ago, as a reaction to the DPRK's latest nuclear test, shows that the entire international community is united as to the way forward.

The European Union is swiftly and strictly implementing this latest UN Security Council Resolution. Today, we will update the list of sanctioned people and entities in line with this Resolution, and transposition of the Resolution's other provisions is progressing rapidly. In addition, we will also work actively to ensure that all UN measures are fully implemented by the entire international community. Strict implementation by all is essential if the sanctions are to be effective.

While the European Union's current restrictive measures against the DPRK are already the most stringent it has in place for any country, we are already working on additional autonomous EU measures to complement the decisions taken by the United Nations. Our work will be accelerated even more by this latest launch. This was the common European Union approach agreed by Foreign Ministers when we met last week on the issue.

The international community has shown restraint in the face of the continued provocations by the DPRK. This must continue. We will keep working, through stronger economic and diplomatic pressure, to open up a political process to achieve the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula through peaceful means.