Korea will join global efforts for ban on nuclear tests

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

The DPRK's UN Ambassador Han Tae Song made the remarks during a conference on disarmament, and the comments come with North Korea set to close its nuclear testing facility at Punggye-ri.

Some analysts say North Korea is hinting at joining the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or some other global non-nuclear framework in the future.

But despite the commitment, North Korea is not a member of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as it withdrew in 2003.

In a move welcomed by Washington and Seoul, North Korea said at the weekend it will "completely" destroy the Punggye-ri test site, in a ceremony scheduled between May 23-25 in front of invited foreign media.

However, according to experts, "more significant buildings around the site are still untouched".

The CTBT is a multilateral treaty that bans all nuclear tests, for both civilian and military purposes.

"Discontinuation of nuclear tests and follow up measures are an important process for global disarmament and DPRK will join worldwide disarmament efforts for a total ban on nuclear tests", Han told the disarmament forum, using his country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. North Korea, India and Pakistan did not join the CTBT while the U.S., China, Egypt, Iran and Israel signed the agreement but did not ratify it.

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