24 February, 2003
The European Union notes with satisfaction the Resolution adopted by the IAEA on 12 February 2003 finding that the DPRK is in breach of its obligations and that the Agency is unable to fulfil its verification role under its safeguards agreement with the DPRK and in the context of the NPT, and requesting the IAEA Director General to report these facts to the Security Council.
The European Union believes that the Security Council can make a useful contribution to the diplomatic settlement of this issue under its responsibility for maintaining international peace and security. The Union also calls on North Korea, to refrain from any further step that might aggravate the situation.
The European Union restates its firm resolve to contribute to the search for a peaceful solution. Acting in close liaison with all countries concerned, it plans to send a high-level delegation to Pyongyang, when conditions are conducive in order to promote the settlement of the current problem.