U.N. disarmament panel's annual debates end with rhetorical skirmish

Confrontation was the theme of the closing session of annual debates by the United Nations Disarmament Commission on Wednesday.

The main argument came from a representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), An Myong Hun, who said that due to what he called a constant nuclear threat from the U.S., DPRK's nuclear program would not be eliminated unless threats to the DPRK were also eliminated. In response, the Republic of Korea said missile and nuclear tests added tension in the region. The DPRK's tests were widely condemned by the international community in 2013.

The representative from China, Sun Lei, said global security was the end goal of the commission's mission and that holding a Cold War mentality should be abandoned for progress to be made. Lei also said his government only pursued self-defense development of arms and would continue talks with those in the Korean Peninsula.

The representative from Brazil, Guilherme De Aguiar Patriota, said the process of disarmament needs to be transparent and irreversible, and should be verified by the international community. Patriota said the international community has not been using tools that are at their disposal to further disarmament activity among individual member states and for the benefit of the global population.

After the session, the commission will be split into working groups to continue deliberations.


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