Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

European Union imposes more sanctions on North Korea

European Union imposes more sanctions on North Korea

An unnamed member of North Korea's delegation responded to a question whether there were plans for his delegation and the South Korean delegation to meet, saying, there were "No such plans yet".

Foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg signed a new package of measures, including a ban on investments in North Korea and on exports of oil to Pyongyang, AFP reported.

"We will not be cowed by the North Koreans", he stated.

The EU said the new steps were taken in view of the "persistent threat to global peace and stability" posed by Kim Jong-Un's regime.

"Lately, Australia is showing unsafe moves of zealously joining the frenzied political and military provocations of the United States against the DPRK", the KCNA said.

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According to the news agency, Bishop expressed her country's support for the USA stance in using all options, including military force, against North Korea, ABC News reported.

Ms Bishop said North Korea was entirely to blame for escalating tensions in the region, because it had defied UN Security Council resolutions and pressed ahead with nuclear tests.

The statement refers to the visit to South Korea this week by Julie Bishop and Marise Payne during which they met their counterparts and visited the truce-village of Panmunjom.

In August around 25 Australian defence personnel took part in the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercise, a large-scale simulated military operation staged regularly by US and South Korean military forces.

Bishop added that Australia is focused on stopping Pyongyang from continuing its missile and nuclear tests and bringing the pariah state back to the negotiating table.

"We will continue to do everything we can to protect and help and support our allies".

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