North Korea assumes presidency of U.N. arms control conference

In the latest ‘you’ve got to be kidding’ news from the United Nations, North Korea assumed the presidency of the Conference on Disarmament Tuesday.

“Bare months after the U.N. finally suspended Libya’s Col. Muammar Qaddafi from its Human Rights Council, North Korea wins the propaganda coup of heading the world’s disarmament agency,” the executive director of UN Watch Hillel Neuer said in a statement protesting the move. “It’s asking the fox to guard the chickens, and damages the U.N.’s credibility.”

According to the U.N. summary of the meeting, North Korea’s So Se Pyong addressed the 65-member arms control forum, saying that “he was very much committed to the Conference and during his presidency he welcomed any sort of constructive proposals that strengthened the work and credibility of the body.”

Neuer said that though North Korea’s new role as head of the conference, which reports to the U.N. General Assembly, would likely be justified by the U.N. by saying it was the result of a an “automatic rotation,” such an excuse was not sufficient.

“While the U.N. will likely defend North Korea’s appointment as simply an automatic rotation,” he said, “no system should tolerate such a fundamental conflict of interests. It’s common sense that a disarmament body should not be headed by the world’s arch-villain on illegal weapons and nuclear proliferation, notorious for exporting missiles and nuclear know-how to fellow rogue regimes around the globe.”

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The United Nations Security Council has repeatedly passed resolutions condemning North Korea and imposed sanctions on the country for its nuclear and missile tests in recent years. In 2010, the Security Council issued a presidential statement that “deplored” an attack by North Korea on a South Korean ship.

Earlier this month, for the second time in two years, the U.S. Navy also intercepted a North Korean vessel suspected of carrying missile parts destined for Burma. According to U.S. intelligence, the brutal North Korean regime also aided Syria in its covert nuclear program before and after Israel destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007.

Though the Conference on Disarmament is not formally part of the U.N., the organizations are closely tied. The director-general of the U.N. Office at Geneva is the secretary-general of the conference and the U.N. secretary general’s personal representative to the conference.


    Talk about putting the fox in charge of the hen house………..

  • captaingrumpy

    It doesn’t damage the UN’s credability,because they have NONE to start with.
    It’s certainly time to remove oneself from the UN.Australia will do it’s normal catchup in two years.They are still on climate change although the rest of the world has moved on.

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  • mdiavaro99ro

    I have a dilemma: Is N. Korea (and not only) a republic or a monarchy? I mean some ppl have managed to start as republicans only to reveal themselves as kings eager to establish dynasties.

  • libertyatstake

    Should have the same result as when I put my kid in charge of cleaning his room.

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  • mundakal

    Hey UN nice going – putting the fox in deranged fox in charge of the hen house!! Wonder if anyone with an ounce of brain still works at the UN anymore?