States Call Upon North Korea to Dismantle Nuclear Weapons Programme, Accept Safeguards

General Conference Adopts Resolution Urging Full Cooperation with IAEA

The General Conference adopted a resolution 19 September calling for North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) to promptly accept comprehensive IAEA safeguards and cooperate with the Agency in their full and effective implementation. IAEA inspectors were forced to pull out of the DPRK in December 2002 and remain unable to verify North Korea’s nuclear programme. The resolution was adopted by acclamation.

In the resolution, States urged the DPRK to completely dismantle any nuclear weapons programme in a prompt, transparent, verifiable and irreversible manner, maintaining the essential verification role of the IAEA. They stressed the desire for a peaceful resolution through dialogue to the DPRK nuclear issue that would lead to a nuclear-weapon-free Korean Peninsula, and contribute positively to regional and global peace and security.

States particularly welcomed the six-party talks in Beijing in August 2003. The talks, and the consensus that emerged from them, are "a clear step in the right direction", the resolution said.

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