CTBT States Urge N. Korea to Scrap Nuke Program

Write : 2016-09-22 08:47:11 Update : 2016-09-22 10:43:58

CTBT States Urge N. Korea to Scrap Nuke Program

Dozens of UN member states have adopted a joint statement urging North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons and nuclear program.

The joint statement came after a meeting of foreign ministers from 40 some countries that back the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty or CTBT held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.

In the statement, they said the North is the only country that is conducting nuclear tests in the 21st century and that they condemn it in the strongest terms.

They also demanded the North not to conduct an additional nuclear test, urging the country to abide by UN Security Council resolutions and the joint declaration of the six-party talks, scrap its nuclear weapons and nuclear program and immediately suspend all related activities.

In the meeting attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the foreign ministers of around ten countries, including the U.S., Japan, Germany, Canada and the Netherlands, criticized the North’s repeated provocations through separate speeches.  

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said that the North’s nuclear program is the most serious and urgent security threat of the current era, warning that not stopping Pyongyang's time bomb-like nuclear ambition will leave the international community to regret.

The CTBT was agreed upon in 1996 but has not been effectuated. It was signed by 183 countries and among them, 166 ratified the deal. The effectuation requires the ratification of the world's 44 countries that have nuclear capabilities. 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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