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NATO’s NAC Held a Special Meeting At the NATO Headquarters In Brussels, Belgium
To Abandon All Nuclear Weapons and Ballistic Missile Programs
The North Atlantic Council (NAC), NATO's principal decision-making body, held a special meeting on the North Korean nuclear issue at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on December 15 in the presence of the delegates from NATO's 28 member states; and issued a statement strongly condemning the continued nuclear and missile development by the North.
The North Atlantic Council (NAC), NATO's principal decisionmaking body, held a special meeting on the North Korean nuclear issue at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Dec. 15, 2016, in the presence of the delegates of NATO's 28 member states; and issued a statement strongly condemning the continued nuclear and missile development by the North.
In its statement, NATO's NAC condemned "in the strongest possible terms the continued development by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, and its inflammatory and threatening rhetoric":
- expressed deep concern over "the persistent, provocative and destabilizing behavior of the DPRK";
- highlighted the importance for the international community to "rigorously implement UNSCR 2321, 2270 and all other relevant Security Council resolutions"; and
- urged "the DPRK to refrain from further provocative acts" and to "abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner."
Accordingly, even for NATO, which has issued the Secretary-General and NAC's statements in response to provocations by North Korea, it marked the first time to hold a meeting exclusively on the North Korean nuclear issue and announce a statement. In that light, NATO's move carried great significance.
In his keynote speech at the special NAC meeting, Second Vice Foreign Minister Ahn Chong-ghee shared with the other participants an assessment of recent developments in the North Korean nuclear program, and asked the NATO members to cooperate closely in thoroughly implementing U.N. Security Council Resolution 2321, which had been unanimously adopted on November 30; enforcing tougher sanctions to be adopted by the European Union; and intensifying global pressure on North Korea.
The ministry said, "The ROK government will implement diplomatic activities at not only the United Nations but also such major multilateral security organizations as NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in order to prompt the international community to pressure North Korea across the board and to continue sending to North Korea tough, unified messages.