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(Yonhap Interview) Poland's UNSC presence will increase pressure on N. Korea: EP vice chief

2017/07/20 10:05

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SEOUL, July 20 (Yonhap) -- Poland's presence at the U.N. Security Council from 2018-19 would further raise pressure on North Korea, the European Parliament's (EP) vice chief has said, urging EU states to be tougher over Pyongyang's provocative behavior.

During an email interview with Yonhap News Agency this week, Ryszard Czarnecki, the Polish politician, also said that the economically inefficient nature of communism would spell doom for the reclusive regime.

"North Korea, all the time, must be under the strong international pressure. The presence of my country, Poland, in the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) for the next two years can only increase that pressure," said Czarnecki who was reelected this year as the vice EP president.

"The European Parliament, which I represent, should increase the pressure on EU member states to be more tough towards North Korea's warlike and adventurous attitude," he added.

In June, Poland, along with Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru and the Netherlands, was elected as the non-permanent UNSC members whose terms are set to commence in January next year.

Asked about Pyongyang's persistent security challenges such as the test earlier this month of what it claims to have been an intercontinental ballistic missile, the vice president painted a grim outlook for the recalcitrant regime.

"The communist regime in North Korea sooner or later will collapse because it is completely inefficient economically," he said, noting that he personally holds negative views about communist regimes due partially to his "anti-communist family" background.

Enumerating the North's internal problems such as poverty, lack of freedom of speech and concentration camps for its own citizens, he said that the recalcitrant regime is trying to cover the problems with "aggressive external politics."

   Touching on the unfruitful international efforts to denuclearize the North, Czarnecki mentioned complex superpower politics surrounding the wayward North.

"I am neither an expert nor a diplomat, so I will simply say that perhaps some superpowers want North Korea to exist because it gives trouble to other superpowers," he said without stating names.

"It is true that in many cases, North Korea is more or less supported by one Asian powerhouse and one partly European and partly Asian," he added.

Pointing out the EP's long-standing fight for human and civil rights around the world, Czarnecki stressed that international cooperation is essential to bring a "clear condemnation of the actions" by the North.

Commenting on the dispute in South Korea over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system, which China opposes, Czarnecki said that for Seoul, Washington is a "natural ally" to counter North Korean threats, and that the alliance does mean that Seoul should renounce the opportunity to improve ties with Beijing.

This undated photo, provided by his office, shows Ryszard Czarnecki, the vice president of the European Parliament. (Yonhap) This undated photo, provided by his office, shows Ryszard Czarnecki, the vice president of the European Parliament. (Yonhap)

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