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News Press – 10th NPT Review Conference – Franco-Korean event on the North Korean nuclear challenge

10th NPT Review Conference – Franco-Korean event on the North Korean nuclear challenge

France and the Republic of Korea organized an event on the North Korean nuclear challenge on August 1, 2022, on the sidelines of the 10th Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

This event brought together French, German, American and Korean experts with the aim of reiterating the opposition of the international community to North Korea’s pursuit of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, in violation of Security Council resolutions. United Nations security. The only country to have carried out nuclear tests in the 21st century, North Korea poses the most immediate threat to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a persistent threat to regional and international peace and security.

France recalled France’s constant position in favor of the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling by North Korea of ​​its nuclear program and its ballistic missiles. We called on the entire international community to fully and effectively implement the international sanctions regime, which is an indispensable tool to induce the DPRK to abandon its weapons of mass destruction programs, preserve the second pillar of the NPT and encourage the country to engage in good faith in negotiations.

As a permanent member of the Security Council, France plays its full part in this effort, in conjunction with its partners. It will remain fully mobilized for the NPT community to respond firmly to North Korea’s illicit activities during the Review Conference.

What is the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons?
The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is a landmark international treaty, the purpose of which is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation for the peaceful use of nuclear energy and to promote the achievement of the goal of nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament. The Treaty is the expression of the only binding commitment made by the nuclear-weapon States, within the framework of a multilateral treaty, in favor of disarmament.

Chronology
Open for signature from 1968, it entered into force in 1970. Since then, it has been the cornerstone of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime. It has 191 States parties, including the five nuclear-weapon States, more than any other multilateral disarmament agreement.

Exam
Article VIII, paragraph 3, provides for its operation to be reviewed every five years, a provision reaffirmed by the States Parties at the 1995 Conference to Review the Treaty and the Question of its Extension and at the Conference review of 2000.

Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)

BELOW THE POSITION OF NORTH KOREA

North Korea’s UN mission slams US criticism of its nuclear program
News 08.04.2022 at 5:11 p.m.

SEOUL, Aug. 04 (Yonhap) — North Korea’s permanent mission to the United Nations issued a statement slamming the United States for criticizing North Korea’s nuclear program earlier this week at a major conference on nuclear non-proliferation, the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday.

The statement was issued the day before in response to Washington’s ‘anti-DPRK confrontational clamor’ during the 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at UN headquarters in New York, the KCNA announced. The DPRK stands for the official name of the North, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“Today, the mastermind undermining the foundations of the non-proliferation regime is none other than the United States,” reads the statement released by the KCNA. “It is the height of relentless blame that the United States alleges ‘nuclear threats’ from someone given that they are the backbone of nuclear proliferation.”

“We will never tolerate any attempt by the United States and its servile forces to baselessly accuse our state and encroach on our sovereign rights and national interests,” she added.

In his address to the NPT conference on Monday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Pyongyang continued to expand its “illegal nuclear program” and continued its “continuous provocations against the region”.

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