Kim Geon, Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, visited the headquarters of the European Union (EU) in Brussels, Belgium on January 23 at the invitation of the EU. He attended the Political and Security Committee (PSC), the ambassadorial-level deliberative body of the 27 EU member states, and conducted a briefing on North Korea's nuclear, missile, and cyber threats.
Kim pointed out that the trade in arms and military technology between Russia and North Korea constitutes a clear violation of Security Council resolutions and underscores the inseparable link between security in the Korean Peninsula and Europe. He also explained how North Korea's provision of weapons to Ukraine threatens European security, and how North Korea has escalated threats against South Korea, labeling it as an enemy and even mentioning preemptive nuclear strikes and territorial occupation.
Special Representative acknowledged the EU's active engagement in addressing human rights issues in North Korea and emphasized the need for close cooperation between South Korea and the EU in firmly responding to North Korea's illegal activities which seriously threaten peace and stability in both the Korean Peninsula and Europe. Kim particularly stressed the importance of actively blocking the flow of funds for North Korea's nuclear and missile development. To achieve this, he proposed close cooperation between both sides in responding to North Korea's illegal cyber activities, which target the global community through hacking and IT personnel deployments.
Furthermore,Kim had separate meetingwith Enrique Mora Benavente, Deputy Secretary-General for External Action Service, and NiclasKvarnström, Director for Asia and the Pacific at the External Action Service of the EU, to discuss cooperation between South Korea and the EU regarding the North Korean nuclear issue.
During the meetings, both sides condemned North Korea's use of the international situation to enhance its nuclear and missile capabilities and to continue escalating tensions in the region. They also expressed serious concerns about the proliferation of North Korean weapons and agreed to further strengthen cooperation to counter North Korea's illegal activities that undermine the international non-proliferation regime, utilizing various means including sanctions.