North Korea says it will not attend a new round of negotiations at the United Nations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons worldwide.
According to the North's official Korean Central News Agency, a spokesperson for North Korea's Foreign Ministry said it will not be joining the talks that begin Monday in New York.
The spokesperson said the UN conference reflects the aspiration of all humanity for a complete dismantlement of nuclear weapons. But the spokesperson added it's unclear if negotiations will produce any results because nuclear powers such as the United States have refused to take part.
Talks will last from Monday to Friday. The treaty would make it illegal for any country to use, possess, develop, test, deploy and transfer nuclear weapons.
The treaty calls for a complete ban and is different from the NPT, or the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons, a convention led by the five standing members of the UN Security Council.