North Korea’s delegate to the Conference of Disarmament, Han Tae Song, presides over the session in Geneva on Thursday. (Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images) (CNSNews.com) – North Korea’s assumption of the presidency of the world’s only multilateral negotiating forum on disarmament prompted verbal protests on Thursday by mostly Western nations, but not the boycott or walkout that some non-governmental critics had called for.
North Korean ambassador Han Tae-Song took the helm of the 65-nation Conference on Disarmament (CD), a U.N.-linked body that holds three sessions a year in Geneva, in line with longstanding practice that rotates the chair through the membership in alphabetical order.
Han’s three-week presidency comes at a time when the regime he represents continues to violate numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions by launching ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The U.S. and other governments also assess that it is preparing to carry out a nuclear test, for the first time in five years.
Earlier dozens of NGOs from around the world, led by the Geneva-based UN Watch, urged democracies to stage walkouts in protest.
Although no walkout took place on Thursday, Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely in a statement on behalf of almost 50 countries said while they had decided to take part to advance discussions on an “important agenda,” their participation should not be construed as “tacit consent” for Pyongyang’s actions, “which continue to seriously undermine the very value of the CD.”
Gorely went on to list some of the missile launches undertaken by Kim Jong Un’s regime since the start of the year, expressing concern about its “continued advancement of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile capabilities, including reports that it is preparing to conduct its seventh nuclear test.”
She called on North Korea to “abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs, […]
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