"Some tough words on the DPRK, on North Korea. There are some people who think we should engage early with Pyongyang. We absolutely disagree with that. They've got to make serious moves towards denuclearizing their country before it is right for us to begin a proper dialogue, and I'm glad that the council's conclusions reflected that," Johnson said upon leaving the July 2017 Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels.
In its conclusions on North Korea adopted earlier on Monday at Foreign Affairs Council, the Council of the EU reaffirmed the policy of combining pressure with sanctions and other measures while keeping communication and dialogue channels open in order to promote North Korea's full compliance with UN Security Council resolutions.
Tensions continue to escalate on the Korean Peninsula as North Korea conducts missile tests with increased frequency. The latest test took place on July 4, when Pyongyang said it had successfully launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Hwasong-14.