DPRK must give up missile bid, UN disarmament body told

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The Council Chamber at the UN in Geneva, home of the Conference on Disarmament. Photo: UN Photo/Violaine Martin

DPRK must be persuaded to give up missile bid, States tell UN

The call to DPRK to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes was echoed by numerous Member States.

It comes after North Korea launched a missile on Tuesday that flew over Japan before ditching into the sea.

Daniel Johnson has more.

The UN Geneva Conference on Disarmament is the international community's sole multilateral negotiating body on the issue.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea's most recent missile test happened on Tuesday, above the skies of Japan.

U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament Ambassador Robert Wood addressed Member States, saying there was "no bigger challenge to the global security environment" than the DPRK.

 "Together with the international community, we have redoubled diplomatic and economic efforts to show North Korea that the only path to a secure, economically-prosperous future is to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs; but our efforts will only be successful with the full cooperation of the international community, and nations willing to use decisive leverage against North Korea's increasingly dangerous and destabilizing actions."

Ambassador Wood's address follows an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Tuesday evening.

The 15-member body called on DPRK to abandon its military programmes "in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner".

That message was echoed in Geneva by numerous Member States, including those in the European Union, Asia and Mexico and the Russian Federation; its Permanent Representative Olga Kuznetzova called for the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions against DPRK "in their entirety" – but added that sanctions alone would not resolve the issue.

China's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Fu Cong, said that it had always worked for denuclearisation on the peninsula.

He added that he hoped that the U.S. and DPRK would come to a "rational" and peaceful course of action for the sake of their people.

But the deployment of the U.S.-led THAD defensive missile system had "upset" the security balance of the region, including China's interests, Ambassador Cong noted.

DPRK's representative at the disarmament forum, Yong Chol Ju, rejected what he called interference in domestic security matters, and Washington's intentions to "obliterate" the DPRK's sovereignty and right to existence and development.

DPRK held Washington "wholly responsible" for the current escalation on the peninsula, he said, where the U.S. and the Republic of Korea were undertaking what he called "aggressive" annual military manoeuvres.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

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