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The Council has added 16 persons and one entity, the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces (MPAF), to the lists of those subject to an asset freeze and travel restrictions, transposing part of the new sanctions imposed by UN Security Council resolution 2397 (2017).

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On 21 December 2017, the Council prolonged economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy until 31 July 2018.

Thanks to European integration, it is all but impossible to imagine renewed war between the countries of our Union. Today however, guaranteeing our security means dealing with threats that transcend borders. No single country can address them alone, but together we are strong.

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Today the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) presented its seventh report which concludes that the Syrian Arab Republic was responsible for the release of sarin at Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, on 4 April 2017.

The presentation of the new Global Strategy for the EU's foreign and security policy in June 2016 kick started a process of closer cooperation amongst Member States in the field of security and defence. This subsequently led to the adoption of the so-called "defence package" which consists of various different instruments and measures to cope with today’s threats and security challenges.

All 28 EU member states stand united behind the Iran deal, which has been effective in limiting the country's nuclear programme.

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The EU today adopted new sanctions in response to North Korea's missile programme, aiming to pressure Pyongyang into dialogue aiming at peaceful, verifiable denuclearisation. The sanctions complement and reinforce the UN Security Council sanctions, and take effect immediately.

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We bear a great responsibility, and have an important opportunity to show the immense potential of our European Union – as an indispensable power for peace and security, as a force for good for our citizens and for the world, High Representative Federica Mogherini tells EU Ambassadors.

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