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Statement on the nuclear test carried out by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has carried out another nuclear test. This is once again a direct and unacceptable violation of the DPRK’s international obligations not to produce or test nuclear weapons, as determined by multiple United Nations Security Council Resolutions, and represents a major provocation, a grave threat to regional and international security and a major challenge to the global non-proliferation regime. The European Union’s message is clear: the DPRK must abandon its nuclear, weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner and immediately cease all related activities. I will be in touch with partners in the course of the day; I will also meet tomorrow CTBT Executive Secretary, Lassina Zerbo, and IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano. And I will put the issue of the DPRK on the agenda of the informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Tallinn next week. It is crucial that we in the European Union and the entire international community continue to deal with this in a united and coordinated manner. In this respect, we look forward to the UN Security Council addressing the matter and taking a firm and effective stand. The European Union will, as always, closely coordinate our action with its decisions. The DPRK must engage in a credible and meaningful dialogue, aimed at pursuing the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and the full implementation of all relevant UN Security Council resolutions. The EU is ready to support such a process in consultation with key partners. A de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula can only be achieved through... read more

Federica Mogherini visits Teheran

Today, 5 August, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, visited Tehran, Iran, to attend the formal inauguration ceremony of President Hassan Rouhani. On this occasion she also held bilateral meetings with President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, the Foreign Policy Advisor of the Supreme Leader, Ali-Akbar Velayati and attended a roundtable discussion at the Council for Foreign Policy headed by former Foreign Minister Kamal Kahrazi. In the bilateral meetings the High Representative, acting also in her capacity as coordinator of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), discussed the state of implementation of the nuclear deal. She stated that the JCPOA is delivering on its objectives as confirmed by the six International Agency for Atomic Energy reports and by the economic results following the lifting of nuclear related economic and financial sanctions. The High Representative reiterated the EU’s unwavering commitment to the deal, recalled its historic significance, multilateral dimension and its importance for regional and global stability. She underlined the need for a full and effective implementation of the deal by all parties throughout its duration. The High Representative reviewed the bilateral cooperation between EU and Iran on different areas. Both sides confirmed their interest in expanding this cooperation and discussions will continue at the next High Level Dialogue meeting. The High Representative conferred with her interlocutors on the situation in the region. She stated her support for a regional mechanism of dialogue. She also discussed the need to urgently find a political solution to the conflict in... read more

Speech at the Hessian Peace Prize award ceremony

Check against delivery I would like to start by thanking you, Mr President [Mr Norbert Kartmann, President of the Hessian Parliament], Madam Minister [Ms Lucia Puttrich, Minister of European and Federal Affairs of the State of Hessen], all of you for your kind words, but most of all for this honour. I am also very thankful that you have come to Brussels for this ceremony – as you have highlighted this is the first time that this happens and I am very much aware of the fact that it does is not only a courtesy to myself, which I appreciate, but I know that this is first and foremost a tribute to the European Union, as you said Madam Minister, as a force for peace in our very difficult times. Two years after the deal with Iran [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] was signed, we see and we breathe a very different atmosphere in global affairs and in these days receiving this prize is quite significant. It is not always easy to find or to build the same spirit of collective responsibility that made the Iran deal possible. The work to achieve win-win solutions requires patience, perseverance, as you said, sometimes even stubbornness and a lot, a lot of strength. Many are tempted in these times to seek unilateral action, shortcut. Everyone seems to want to show their strength, instead of showing their wisdom. As if they were not the same. As if wisdom was not the biggest strength you can show, the most difficult to achieve, the most difficult to preserve and also the most difficult to share.... read more