May 22, 2022

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North Korea, heavily sanctioned for illicit nukes, to lead UN disarmament forum

Activist group condemns routine appointment as akin to ‘putting a serial rapist in charge of a women’s shelter’

Nuclear pariah North Korea is set to chair a United Nations forum on nuclear disarmament for four weeks from late May, the U.N. has announced, leading one Geneva-based advocacy group to encourage a diplomatic boycott of the event.

The U.N. Conference on Disarmament will include discussions on nuclear weapons, preventing nuclear war and transparency in armament to support “effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons,” according to the U.N. website.