European Union (EU) Convenes “Extraordinary Meeting” On North Korea

by Kim Boateng Posted on August 12th, 2017

The European Union (EU) diplomatic service announced Friday that it will have an “extraordinary meeting” on Aug. 14 that will be attended by ambassadors of member states due to the situation with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). EU Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will chair the extraordinary meeting of the Political and Security Committee (PSC), in a bid to thrash out the bloc’s possible next steps on the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the European External Action Service said in a brief statement.

Meanwhile Russian Foreign Ministry has stated that Russia does not recognize Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) as a nuclear power. Russia believes the risk of military conflict between U.S., Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is very high.

With the U.S. and North Korea trading threats of attack, China has called for de-escalation of tension, while Russia says the bellicose rhetoric is “over the top.” Russia hopes common sense to prevail says the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Concerned parties, at present, should avoid remarks and actions that could escalate tension on the Korean Peninsula, Chinese President XiJinping reportedly said, adding China is ready to work with the United States to appropriately resolve the issue.

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday that it was time to lower tensions on the Korean Peninsula after a week of heightening escalation.

If the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fires missiles toward Guam, they would take about 14 minutes to reach the island and the alert system there would have notified the public, Guam’s Homeland Security Office said Thursday.

Jenna Gaminde, spokeswoman of the Guam Homeland Security, was quoted by local newspaper Daily News as saying that residents would be immediately notified by sirens of the 15 All-Hazards Alert Warning System, located in low-lying areas throughout the island.

All-Hazards Alert Warning System, which began installation in 2014, is a system designed for all hazards, including tsunami, earthquake,and flash flood, among others.

“Our office will be notified by the military and will utilize all forms of mass communication to get the message out to the public,” Gaminde said, adding that people should tune into local media – radio, print, television – for further instructions, if they hear the sirens.

Guam is covered by a U.S. missile defense system deployed permanently by the Defense Department at Andersen Air Force Base, which includes the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system and the AN/TPY-2 radar system.

The DPRK military said in a statement Thursday that its plan to strike Guam with intermediate missiles will be ready by mid-August and its implementation will depend on a decision by DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un.

It was a response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s unusually stern warning to the DPRK on Tuesday, when he said “North Korea (DPRK) best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

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