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Updated On: Saturday, 26 May 2018

Geneva Conference Briefed on North Korea

Content by: South-South News

1 September 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — The Conference on Disarmament in Geneva heard presentations on August 30 by military experts from the Republic of Korea, Japan and the United States on the dimensions of the threat that the nuclear and ballistic missile programs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) represented to regional and international peace and security.

The meeting comes in the heels of the DPRK launched a missile on Tuesday that flew over Japan before ditching into the sea.

The UN sponsored Conference on Disarmament, the international community's sole multilateral negotiating body on the issue, also heard many states strongly condemn the latest ballistic missile launches conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Their call on the DPRK to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs was echoed by numerous member states.

Robert Wood, the US Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, said, “There is perhaps no bigger challenge to the global security environment than North Korea’s continued development of prohibited weapons programs and its increasingly provocative and dangerous actions. We are not here today to debate the dangers posed by North Korea’s UN-proscribed nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The time for debate has long passed; those dangers are clear; and it is now time for concerted action.”

Ju Yong Chol, North Korea’s representative to the Conference, said, “My delegation strongly rejects those and those preposterous stories fabricated by the United States, South Korea and Japan in their so-called fiction like presentation which is designed to shift all responsibility of tensions on the Korean peninsula to the DPRK.”

Senior military officials from South Korea, Japan, and the United States made lengthy technical presentations on North Korea’s weapons programs and the threat they present for the world peace.

Wednesday’s briefing followed an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Tuesday evening.


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