Tusk says EU ready to increase sanctions against North Korea

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Tusk says EU ready to increase sanctions against North Korea


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The European Union is prepared to ramp up sanctions against North Korea (DPRK) after it conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday, European Council President Donald Tusk said.

“The EU stands ready to sharpen its policy of sanctions and invites North Korea to restart dialogue on its programers without condition,” Tusk said in a statement.

The statement runs:
The DPRK’s latest nuclear test gravely violates DPRK’s obligations under international law, repeated demands from the UN Security Council and the global non-proliferation and disarmament regime. It compels the international community to unite in swift and decisive reaction.

The DPRK must abandon its nuclear, weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner, it must cease all related activities at once.

The EU stands ready to sharpen its policy of sanctions and invites North Korea to restart dialogue on its programmes without condition. We call on the UN Security Council  to adopt further UN sanctions and show stronger resolve to achieve a peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. The stakes are getting too high.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on fellow BRICS nations to unite in the battle against growing trade protectionism across the world and play a “more active role in world governance” in a summit starting today overshadowed by renewed tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
The Xiamen gathering is the ninth summit of the BRICS emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
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