North Korea ‘will join’ efforts for a nuclear tests total ban

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  • North Korea’s ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament says his country wants to join international efforts to ban nuclear tests
  • North Korean diplomat Han Tae Song told the conference in Geneva on Tuesday that the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea will be dismantled within 10 days

North Korea will join international efforts to implement a total ban on nuclear weapon tests, according to North Korea’s ambassador during the United Nation Conference on Disarmament.

North Korean diplomat Han Tae Song told the conference in Geneva on Tuesday that the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea will be dismantled within 10 days.

“The discontinuation of nuclear tests is an important process for global disarmament, and the DPRK will join the international desire and efforts for a total halt of nuclear tests,” he said.

Some analysts say North Korea is hinting at joining the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or some other international non-nuclear framework in the future.

Japan and the United States have urged North Korea to take specific actions under international non-nuclear treaties.

Han also dismissed the notion that North Korea expressed their desire to denuclearize due to international pressure and sanctions.

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