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DPRK Delegate Clarifies Its Stand on Disarmament

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, March 18 (KCNA) -- It is necessary to put a definite end to the negative political stand in order to revive the disarmament conference that has remained paralyzed for almost ten years, declared a delegate of the DPRK, addressing the plenary session of the UN Disarmament Conference held in Geneva on March 10. Holding that the issue of putting the conference on a normal track is not a matter related to procedures or modalities, he noted that a great political obstacle is lying in the way of the conference and it is the political will to block the progress in the work of the conference at any cost.
    The disarmament conference is not a platform to allow one party to pursue its policy, he said, and continued:
    If all of us seek an effective way of advancing the work of the conference and saving its fate, it is imperative to put a definite end to the negative political stand. This will be the only way out. Our delegation is of the view that one may say there is a genuine political groundwork for reaching a consensus of views on the working plan of the disarmament conference only when all its member states show their political will to advance the work of the conference in the interests of the whole mankind.
    In the absence of this political groundwork, the conference would prove fruitless and it would be hard for it to agree on any proposal no matter how frequently it has discussions.
    Our delegation sincerely wishes to see a breakthrough made in the work of the conference this year. In this context we call upon each member state of the conference to strive to find a solution.

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