Ireland's EU Presidency: Commitment to Peace and Stability on the Korean Peninsula
The Government of Ireland and the Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) are to establish diplomatic relations on a non-resident basis. The Irish Ambassador in Seoul, H.E. Mr Paul Murray, will be accredited to the DPRK.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs said today:
“In view of Ireland's responsibilities during the upcoming EU Presidency, the decision of the Government to establish diplomatic relations with the DPRK will ensure that the EU can contribute effectively to engagement between the DPRK and the international community at this critical time.
I am encouraged by the reports of the recent EU Troika visit to Pyongyang, in which officials of my Department participated. During the meetings which took place, the DPRK reiterated its commitment to the restoration of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and to the ongoing Six Party Talks process.”
Note for Editors:
The first round of Six Party Talks took place on 27-29 August, facilitated by China, with the participation of the DPRK, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russia and the US. Discussions are ongoing on the schedule for the next round of talks.
An official level EU Troika visited Pyongyang from 9-12 December, and held a wide range of meetings, including with Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun.
The European Council of 12/13 December agreed that the Troika delegation visit to the DPRK demonstrates the commitment of the Union to contribute actively to a peaceful solution to the current tense situation. The Council reiterated EU support for the continuation of the Six-Party Talks, and noted that the EU will continue to follow developments in the Peninsula closely and review its policy towards the DPRK as appropriate.