EU Ambassadors to Hold "Extraordinary Meeting" Regarding DPRK
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The European Union (EU) will convene an "extraordinary meeting" on Aug. 14 attended by ambassadors of member states due to the situation with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the EU's diplomatic service announced Friday.
EU Foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini will chair the extraordinary meeting of the Political and Security Committee (PSC), in a bid to thrash out the bloc's possible next steps on the situation in the DPRK, the European External Action Service said in a brief statement.
Mogherini, after meeting her international counterparts in the margins of the ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila, capital of the Philippines, has decided to call the extraordinary meeting, said the statement, Xinhua news agency reported.
Mogherini's decision came one day after the Council of the EU broadened a sanction list targeting the DPRK in response to the northeast Asian country's recent test-launch of ballistic missiles.
Following the Council's decision, the blacklist now includes 62 persons and 50 entities subject to an asset freeze and travel restrictions in the EU.
The EU has long trumpeted that its sanctions against the DPRK are "among the most restrictive in operation," nonetheless, the bloc insisted on solving the Korean Peninsula issue through peaceful means.
Mogherini's decision to convene the meeting came amid a scalding war of words between the DPRK and the United States.
US President Donald Trump said Friday that the US military was "locked and loaded" to deal with the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.
"If North Korea (DPRK) does anything in terms of even thinking about attack of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us... They should be very nervous," Trump said on Thursday. "Because things will happen to them like they never thought possible."
The DPRK military has said that its plan to strike Guam with intermediate missiles will be ready by mid-August, the official Korean Central News Agency said Thursday.
On Tuesday, Trump issued a controversial warning to the DPRK, saying that threats from the country would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen."
Days before the war of words, the United Nations Security Council, in an exceptional session on Saturday, unanimously adopted the Resolution 2371 to impose new sanctions on the DPRK for ignoring previous resolutions and its recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests.
China on Friday called on the United States and the DPRK to refrain from their tired approach of flaunting power and raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.