Foreign Affairs Council, 16/10/2017

Council of the EU

Main results

The Council discussed Iran and North Korea.  

"Both situations are very different, but obviously it would be very difficult to open any form of dialogue with the DPRK if there is a serious threat of dismantling the one nuclear agreement that is working, the JCPOA."

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy 


The Council discussed the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Iran nuclear deal. EU foreign ministers agreed on a statement on the JCPOA. 

North Korea

The Council addressed the situation in the Korean peninsula, in view of the recent provocative acts by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The Council adopted additional EU autonomous measures to complement and reinforce the UN Security Council sanctions.

Ministers also agreed to step up outreach efforts to strengthen the implementation of UNSC resolutions by all UN members states.


The Council adopted conclusions on Myanmar, in the light of the humanitarian and human rights situation in Rakhine State.

Human rights

Ministers had a debate on the EU policy on human rights in the presence of the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis. The Council adopted conclusions on mid-term review of the action plan on human rights and democracy and the annual report on human rights and democracy in the world in 2016.

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