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Pyongyang presidency of UN Disarmament Conference likened to 'asking fox to guard chickens'

Washington, Thu, 30 Jun 2011 ANI

Washington, June 30(ANI): Appointing a North Korean to chair the United Nations' only multilateral disarmament forum is like "asking the fox to guard the chickens", Hillel Neuer, of the UN watchdog organization UN Watch, has said.


North Korean ambassador So Se Pyong has been appointed as the president of the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament under rules that say the chair will rotate among all 65 member states in alphabetical order.


Neuer is calling on the US and European governments to protest the appointment, which he says, "damages the UN's credibility".


"It is common sense that a disarmament body should not be headed by the world's arch-villain on illegal weapons and nuclear proliferation," Fox News quoted Neuer, as saying.


Once a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, North Korea pulled out in 2003 after violating it, then conducted its first nuclear bomb test in 2006, and is believed to have stockpiled up to eight nuclear warheads.


Earlier, So Se Pyong had said that he was "very engaged in moving the conference forward", and would use his four working-weeks of presidency to seek "constructive proposals" that would strengthen the "work and the credibility" of the conference. (ANI)


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