North Korea cannot abandon its nuclear weapons as long as USA has them
for blackmailing North Korea, but it supports a universal ban of the
nuclear weapons, where the big nuclear states have to take the lead in
the disarmament. Speech by the representative of the Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea) at the United Nations First
Committee, 14th meeting - General Assembly, 72nd session, 16 Oct 2017.
“My delegation condemns in the strongest terms and categorically rejects the latest illegal and unlawful U.N. Security Council resolution,” Pyongyang’s ambassador, Han Tae Song, told the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.
Han accused the U.S. administration of being “fired up for political, economic, and military confrontation,” and of being “obsessed with the wild game of reversing the DPRK’s development of nuclear force which has already reached the completion phase”.
North Korea was condemned globally for its latest nuclear test on Sept. 3, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is “ready to use a form of ultimate means”, Han said without elaborating.
“The forthcoming measures by DPRK will make the U.S. suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history,” he said.
U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood took the floor to say that the Security Council resolution “frankly sent a very clear and unambiguous message to the regime that the international community is tired, is no longer willing to put up provocative behavior from this regime.”
“My hope is the regime will hear the message loud and clear and it will choose a different path,” Wood said.
“We call on all countries to vigorously implement these new sanctions and all other existing sanctions,” he added.
Han Tae Song, Pyongyang’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, was speaking at a hearing of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child late on Wednesday.
Han said North Korea, whose population is 26 million, is a “people-centered socialist country… where protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of the child are given top priority … There is room for improvement.”
But Han said that new sanctions imposed by the United States and the U.N. Security Council over North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests were hampering the production of nutritional goods for children and provision of textbooks.
“The persistent and vicious blockade and sanctions against the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) are not only hampering the endeavors for the protection and promotion of the rights of the child but also seriously threatening their right to survival,” he said, calling for sanctions to be lifted.