Statement on the recent ballistic missile activities by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)

The Netherlands has taken note, with deep concern, of the repeated missile tests conducted by the DPRK, most recently on August 16, 2019. The Netherlands strongly condemns all such activities, which are in violation of UN Security Council Resolutions and pose a serious threat to regional and international security and stability.

The Netherlands calls on the DPRK to refrain from further provocations, to abide by its international obligations, and to engage in credible and constructive negotiations as quickly as possible. We encourage the DPRK to promptly resume talks with the United States as agreed at the meeting in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) on 30 June. The Netherlands is convinced that regional stability and lasting peace on the Korean peninsula must be achieved through peaceful means. 

With this goal in mind, the Netherlands continues to work with and through the UN and the EU to make sure that the international community takes united and effective action. We expect the DPRK to take concrete and credible steps towards the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of its ballistic missile, nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction programmes. As long as this is not achieved, the international community needs to maintain its pressure on the DPRK. The Netherlands is committed to full and effective sanctions implementation worldwide.