EU says North Korean move should lead to nuclear disarmament

Bloc will continue to apply pressure while keeping communication channels open, Mogherini said.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini welcomed North Korea’s decision to cease inter-continental missile tests and shut down its primary nuclear test site and said the move should lead to country’s full nuclear disarmament.

In a statement released Saturday, Mogherini called Pyongyang’s announcement “a positive, long sought-after step.”

This, however, “has now to lead to the country’s complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization,” she added.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Unannounced during a party conference on Friday that his country would “discontinue nuclear test and inter-continental ballistic rocket test-fire from April 21,” according to state media.

Next Friday, Kim is set to hold talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a summit in the demilitarized zone that divides the Korean peninsula. In late May or early June, he is expected to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Mogherini said that the European Union “looks forward” to both meetings.

“We will also continue to implement in full our policy of critical engagement, which combines strong pressure on the [North Korean] regime through sanctions — both imposed by the United Nations and autonomously imposed at the European Union level — with keeping communication channels open,” Mogherini said.


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