Pyongyang, August 15 (KCNA) -- European countries' recent massive arms sales to the Mideast countries where the situation remains complicated are arousing concern of the international community.
Shortly ago, Germany announced a plan to sell torpedo boats,
submarines and tanks worth billions of euros to Egypt, Kuwait, Oman and
other countries in the wake of its approval of sale of 48 patrol boats
to Saudi Arabia. France made contracts with Qatar, Egypt, Kuwait and
other countries last year on sale of fighter jets, attack copters and
frigates worth about 8 billion euros and began the delivery of the jets.
Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and other east European countries sold
various type weapons worth 1.2 billion euros to dispute-torn Mideast
countries including Syria and Yemen.
According to a report released by international survey
organizations, a lot of weapons exported by east European countries for
the past 4 years are being used by terrorist organizations like "Islamic
The European public and media are terming the arms sales of European
countries an "act of exporting death." They comment that the situation
in the war-torn Mideast including civil wars in Syria and Yemen are
tragic consequences of the irresponsible arms export policy by the
governments of European countries.
This goes to prove that the reckless arms sales of European
countries have become another factor of increasing tensions and
fostering human rights abuses in the dispute-torn Mideast.
The above-said increasing arms sales are illegal and unethical acts
quite contrary to the codes concerning arms export established by them
and the ardent desire of humankind for peace and stability.
EU arms export regulations stipulate that export of military
technology and supplies should be banned in case they may be used for
sparking or prolonging armed clashes and escalating tensions in the
country which purchased them.
Laws of European countries concerning arms control ban arms sale if
weapons create the danger of wrecking peace or being used for a war.
As European countries massively sold weapons to dispute-torn Mideast
for raking up profits in disregard of those regulations, the situation
is getting tenser and the refugee crisis is now beyond control.
Their sale of offensive weapons to south Korea, in particular, is
resulting in escalating reckless confrontation to disturb regional peace
In the past European countries talked about "stability of situation"
and "peace" louder than any others. Politicians of Europe said that
Europe would make a positive contribution to bringing about detente and
promoting the peace process on the Korean peninsula.
It is, indeed, preposterous for European countries to take issue
with the DPRK over its just steps for self-defence, terming them
"violations of international law."
European countries would be well advised to keep mum if they are not
in a position to do anything helpful to ensuring peace on the Korean