The European Union has announced that it has renewed for one year the sanctions imposed on North Korea in response to the regime’s decision to continue developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in contravention of UN resolutions.
An EU blacklist includes 57 people and 9 entities that have been banned from traveling within the EU and whose assets have been frozen. The list was confirmed yesterday and will be published in the Official Journal of the EU today. These people are accused of contributing to the nuclear weapons, ballistic missile and other weapons of mass destruction programs developed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). “The EU’s sanctions against the DPRK are the most severe of any country. They were adopted in response to the country’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development activities, which are contrary to many United Nations Security Council resolutions, “the EU council said.
EU sanctions are reviewed annually. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un insisted that North Korea’s nuclear arsenal was the guarantor of its security. “Our national security and our future will be secure for eternity,” he said on the 67th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. “The EU has transposed all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and has put in place its own autonomous sanctions regime against the DPRK, which complements and strengthens the sanctions adopted by the UN,” said she clarified.