EU seek tougher sanctions on North Korea04/09/17Defence
On 3 September, Germany, Italy and France urged for stricter EU sanctions against North Korea, after Pyongyang ‘reached a new dimension of provocation’ with its latest nuclear test.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed during a phone call ‘that North Korea has trampled on international law and that the international community must therefore react with determination against this new escalation’, the chancellery revealed in a statement.
Pyongyang conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test earlier on 3 September.
Both leaders ‘are calling for tougher EU sanctions against North Korea’, Berlin added.
Separately, Macron also spoke on the phone with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who shared the German-French position “on the necessity of a strong international reaction”.
This includes action by “the Security Council and the EU, which should adopt new sanctions” against Pyongyang, Macron said.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the UN Security Council should urgently look at imposing new sanctions on North Korea and speed up the implementation of existing ones.
‘This latest action by North Korea is reckless and poses an unacceptable further threat to the international community,’ May said in an emailed statement.
‘I discussed the serious and grave threat these dangerous and illegal actions present with Prime Minister Abe in Japan this week and reiterate the call we jointly made for tougher action, including increasing the pace of implementation of existing sanctions and looking urgently in the UN Security Council at new measures.’
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel also said Pyongyang’s latest test “means that we have to find a level-headed but clear answer”.