Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Situation in the Korean Peninsula

Delivered in Plenary - 16th June 2010

Madam President

The so-called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or North Korea, to me is the last example of a brutal Stalinist totalitarian state in the entire world with a cult of personality to boot and I think the ‘Dear Leader’ is now actually nurturing his son to take over from his brutal regime. The sinking by a North Korean submarine of a South Korean naval ship with 46 of its crew dead is a murderous act of outrageous proportions. The facts are very clear, and British and Swedish experts participated in the international investigation into this incident.

The People’s Republic of China must now use its leverage, both economic and political, over this pariah state and bring it to book, and the DPRK must apologise and compensate the victims’ families to whom I would now wish to offer my deepest condolences and commiserations for this tragedy.