June 30, 2011
North Korea has been appointed head of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament — a 65-member arms control forum — despite the U.N. Security Council imposing sanctions against the communist regime over its nuclear weapons program.
North Korean ambassador So Se Pyong took over the presidency of the U.N. body Tuesday.
“I am convinced that the conference is able to achieve concrete results. I am very engaged in moving the conference forward,” he told AFP.
A United Nations summary showed that “all of the delegations that took the floor” welcomed Pyong’s presidency, and that “they looked forward to his stewardship” to revitalizing and strengthening the conference. The summary lists that Canada, the U.K., Iran, China and India took the floor and backed the choice.