EU – Republic of Korea Non-Proliferation Seminar on the nuclear and ballistic dimensions of the DPRK crisis

24 & 25 October 2016, Seoul

The European Union and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea co-sponsored a seminar on the nuclear and ballistic missile dimensions of the DPRK crisis, which took place in Seoul on 24-25 October 2016. The seminar was co-hosted by the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium (EUNPC), the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA) and the Korea Nuclear Policy Society (KNPS).

The seminar brought together some 60 participants from governments and think-tanks in Europe, North-East Asia and the United States. Participants shared their assessment of the DPRK nuclear and ballistic programmes, reiterating their grave concern about the threat that this programme constitutes to regional and international stability. Participants also shared their views on how the international community, including the EU, should best respond to the persistent violation by the DPRK of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions.

They discussed in particular the effectiveness of a diplomatic response, including sanctions, as well as counter-proliferation solutions and options.

Participants agreed that the seminar had provided a very useful opportunity for sharing views and assessments. They expressed the hope that the dialogue and exchange on this issue would continue, including in the framework of the bilateral relations between the EU and the Republic of Korea.

Agenda

Monday 24 October 2016

Welcome and introduction
09:30 - 09:45 Welcome and Introduction to the meeting

SHIN Dong-ik, President, IFANS, ROK
Ambassador Gerhard Sabathil, Head of EU Delegation in the Republic of Korea, EU
Benjamin Hautecouverture, Senior research fellow, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS), France

09:45 - 11:50 Session 1: The DPRK nuclear and ballistic programmes: what assessment?
12:30 - 13:00 Keynote speech
Session 2: The international community’s response: approaches and effectiveness
13:00 - 14:30 The diplomatic answer (including the sanctions)
14:50 - 16:20 The counter-proliferation solutions and options
Session 3: What more can be done or how different?
16:40 - 18:40 Leverage and new room for action

Thursday 25 October 2016

Session 4: Summary and Recommendations
09:00 - 11:00 A specific role for the EU?
11:20- 12:20 Wrap-up and Recommendations
Closing of the meeting
12:20 - 12:35

SHIN Dong-ik, President, IFANS, ROK
Bruno Hanses, Senior Expert Disarmament, non-proliferation and arms export control, European External Action Service, EU
Benjamin Hautecouverture, FRS, France