|The ministers of foreign affairs and other officials from the P5+1 countries, the European Union and Iran while announcing the framework of a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program. Hailong Wu of China, Laurent Fabius of France, Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Federica Mogherini of the European Union, Javad Zarif of Iran, an unidentified official of Russia, Philip Hammond of the United Kingdom and John Kerry of the United States in the "Forum Rolex" auditorium of the EPFL Learning Centre, Écublens-Lausanne, Switzerland on 2 April 2015. (Photo by=flickr)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] The foreign policy chief of the European Union (EU) pledged support Thursday for building peace on the Korean Peninsula, stressing the importance of implementing sanctions on North Korea in ending its nuclear program.
Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, made the remarks in a congratulatory message to an opening ceremony for an annual international security forum hosted by the defense ministry in Seoul. The foreign policy chief of the European Union (EU) pledged support Thursday for building peace on the Korean Peninsula, stressing the importance of implementing sanctions on North Korea in ending its nuclear program. Referring to the growing importance of the Indo-Pacific region for Europe, Borrell said the union aims to reinforce its "strategic focus and presence and actions" in the region.
Baroness Goldie, Britain's minister of state at the Ministry of Defense, said sanctions will remain in place to apply pressure to the North, saying "a strong statement" is not enough. Yevgeny Ilyin, the first deputy chief of the Russian defense ministry's main department for international military cooperation, however, said sanctions "which oppress the lives of ordinary people" should be reconsidered. Meanwhile, it came amid a deadlock in nuclear negotiations between the US and North Korea, with Pyongyang warning of a "serious security crisis" in protest of the South Korea-U.S. combined exercise in August.