Declaration by the presidency on behalf of the EU - Failure of the latest six-party talks on the resolution of the North Korean nuclear weapons issue
December 23rd 2008
The European Union notes that the latest session of six-party talks on the resolution of the North Korean nuclear weapons issue (Beijing, 8-11 December) has not produced the results expected by the parties concerned, particularly in relation to the consensual drafting of a verification protocol of a DPRK declaration on nuclear facilities and programmes issued on 26 June 2008.
The European Union, which had welcomed (30 June 2008 statement) this North Korean action that it qualified as a significant step forward in the denuclearisation process, today notes with concern the absence of a written agreement between the relevant parties.
The European Union supports the six-party talks, whose progress it has noted over the past two years, but regrets that it was not possible to reach consensus on the establishment of a verification regime at its last session. We call on the DPRK to uphold its commitments in this respect.
The European Union’s aim remains the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of the North Korean nuclear programmes in order to achieve a verifiable denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and maintain peace and stability in the peninsula and in North East Asia.
(Source : http://www.ue2008.fr)