EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has convened today an extraordinary meeting of the EU Political and Security Committee on August 14 to discuss the latest developments in the situation on the Korean peninsula.
Concern that North Korea is close to achieving its goal of putting the mainland United States within range of a nuclear weapon has underpinned a spike in tensions in recent months. U.S. President Donald Trump has said all options are on the table as he vowed not to allow that to happen.
Members of the Council of the European Union’s Political and Security Committee will discuss “possible next steps” at today’s meeting.
The tensions around North Korea have been high for some time due to Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear program. The most recent escalation was prompted by sanctions against North Korea approved by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) last week in response to July’s launches of ballistic missiles by Pyongyang.
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. In response, Pyongyang said it was considering an attack near the Pacific island of Guam where several US military bases are located.