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EU responds to DPRK Vienna Convention request

EU Member States have today responded to the DPRK’s question on assistance in case of conflict.

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The EU has taken note of the briefing given by Vice Minister Kung Sok Un to EU Member States’ embassies on 5 April as well as the note transmitted by the Foreign Ministry on 9 April.

The EU does not share the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) views on the current situation and does not recognise the nature of threat as described by the Vice Minister.

The EU notes the DPRK’s recognition of its legal obligations under Article 44 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The EU reminds the DPRK that it has continuing obligations under all circumstances to protect Diplomatic missions and EU citizens.

The EU reminds the DPRK that it has international obligations with respect to UNSCR 1695, 1718, 1874, 2087 and 2094 and should avoid further actions in violation of those obligations including stopping its illicit development of, and proliferation of, nuclear and missile technology and weapons.

The EU believes that the DPRK should reach out and engage with the international community in a constructive manner in order to bring about a denuclearised Korean Peninsula and to improve the welfare and development perspective of its people.

Further Information

Read the 5 April statement FCO: no immediate plans to withdraw Embassy from North Korea

Visit the UK and North Korea website pages

Published 10 April 2013