Thursday, June 1, 2023

South Korea and EU leaders agree to step up pressure on Russia and North Korea

SEOUL – South Korean and European Union leaders agreed Monday to step up pressure on Russia over the war against Ukraine and condemn North Korea’s ballistic missile tests.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol meets with President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in Seoul.

“We agree to maintain and increase collective pressure on Russia, in particular through effective implementation of relevant restrictive measures,” they said in a joint statement. “We are committed to supporting Ukraine’s recovery and reconstruction and we are committed to supporting Ukraine for as long as it takes.”

Michel said Russia’s continued attacks on Ukraine showed that deeper cooperation between the EU and South Korea “is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity”.

The three leaders called on North Korea to stop military actions that escalate tensions and return to denuclearization talks.

Yoon said the three leaders recognized that Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs pose a threat outside the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea has launched nearly 100 missiles since early 2022, many of them nuclear-capable warheads that put the mainland United States and South Korea within striking distance. Experts say North Korea believes a large arsenal will help it win concessions from rivals.

At the G7 summit, leaders of Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, and Italy, as well as the European Union, condemned Russia’s aggression and reiterated their support for Ukraine. He demanded that North Korea refrain from any destabilizing actions or escalation. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was present at the summit.

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