Experts Say

The EU is irrelevant in the Korean Peninsula, right? Wrong

January 31, 2018
By Ramon Pacheco Pardo

The EU has no military presence or alliances in Northeast Asia. European countries have very modest economic links with North Korea, so their sanctions have limited impact on the Kim Jong-un regime. And Brussels has been excluded from multilateral talks to deal with the North Korean nuclear issue. In other words, the EU has no role to play in Korean Peninsula affairs and should refrain from intervening in them. Except that the final line above is wrong. For the EU plays and should continue to play an important role as the international community seeks ways to deal with Pyongyang’s nuclear and weapons of mass destruction programmes.
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