August 17, 2022

NGOs urge boycott as North Korea set to chair UN forum on nuclear disarmament

DPRK’s four-week stint as rotating chair comes amid reports that it could soon conduct underground nuclear test

North Korea is set to assume the rotating chair of a U.N. forum on nuclear disarmament from Monday, even as the U.S. and South Korea warn Pyongyang is preparing to conduct an underground nuclear test in the near future.

More than 40 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), including the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, have called for U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres and member states to boycott sessions of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament during the DPRK’s four weeks as chair, according to the NGO U.N. Watch.