Mark Henley

Geneva, Switzerland

Jon Yong Ryong, the First Secretary of DPRK's (North Korea)mission in Geneva at the Conference on Disarmament, on the morning following his country's third and largest nuclear weapons test. He stated that it would 'greatly encourage' the people of the DPRK and 'reflects our will to become a thriving nation.' The USA called it 'a highly provocative act' while the EU believed it was a 'flagrant violation' of the DPRK's international obligations. However, Ryong went on to threaten that: 'South Korea's erratic behavior would only herald its final destruction.' Incredulous Ambassadors reacted with shock at the use of such language which the Spanish Ambassador claimed broke UN charter Article 2.4. The Conference on Disarmament, established in 1979, is the only forum for nations to discuss multilateral arms control and disarmament issues. It has a primary focus nuclear weapons control and disarmament. 65 countries, and 38 observer nations, convene annually at the United Nations' Palais des Nations building for three sessions of talks totalling 24 weeks.
Conference on Disarmament. Year 34, 2013 Session 1, Plenary meeting 1276. Presidency of Hungary.

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