WTF? United Nations Announces North Korea Will Chair Forum On Disarmament — No, This Is Not Satire

Written by K. Walker on January 27, 2022

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Here’s one more reason why Trump should’ve turned the headquarters of the U.N. into condos when he had the chance.

A recent U.N. announcement stated that North Korea will be one of the states to assume the presidency of the Conference on Disarmament on a rotational basis. North Korea’s turn will be from May 30 through June 24 of this year.

The United Nations has announced that North Korea will chair the world disarmament forum which negotiated the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, sparking calls by an independent monitoring group for the U.S., the EU, and UN chief Antonio Guterres to strongly protest, and for their ambassadors to walk out of the conference during the four weeks of the North Korean presidency, starting on May 30, 2022.

The 65-nation Conference on Disarmament, based in Geneva, is considered the cornerstone of nuclear disarmament efforts. The UN-backed body calls itself “the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community.”

The UN Conference on Disarmament has, in the past, negotiated major international arms and disarmament agreements such as:

  • Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
  • Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction
  • Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction
  • Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques
  • Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

While North Korea is the most appalling nation to hold the presidency, the same position will be held by several despotic member states that aren’t exactly in a position to lecture anyone else in the world about arms proliferation.

The session will open under the presidency of China. The presidency of the Conference rotates among its Member States according to the English alphabetical order, with each President holding office for four working weeks. After China’s presidency (24 January to 18 February), the following countries will also take the presidency during 2022: Colombia (21 February to 18 March), Cuba (21 March to 1 April and 16 to 27 May), Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (30 May to 24 June), Democratic Republic of the Congo (27 June to 1 July and 1 to 19 August), and Ecuador (22 August to 16 September). The three parts of the 2022 session of the Conference will be held from 24 January to 1 April for the first part, from 16 May to 1 July for the second part, and from 1 August to 16 September for the third part.

Source: UN Geneva

The head of a watchdog group that monitors the U.N.’s specious activities blasted the announcement.

“Having the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un preside over global nuclear weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women’s shelter,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental organization that monitors the United Nations.

“This is a country that threatens to attack other UN member states with missiles, and that commits atrocities against its own people. Torture and starvation are routine in North Korean political prison camps where an estimated 100,000 people are held in what is one of the world’s most dire human-rights situations,” said Neuer.

The activist group announced that it intends to hold protest events outside the UN hall featuring victims of North Korean abuses.

United Nations officials will likely say that it’s just an “automatic rotation” but Neuer says that there are options for the leadership to speak out when U.N. committees make poor decisions. “Past precedent shows that UN officials can act as the world’s moral voice when a UN committee makes obscene decisions which only cast a shadow on the reputation of the UN as a whole,” said Neuer.

He also called for Western member nations to refuse to send ambassadors to the forum and pull out of any meeting chaired by North Korea. He noted that it wouldn’t be unprecedented — the U.S. and Canada had pulled out when Iran was chair in 2013.

“If the U.N. seeks to be an institution with a moral compass, it cannot allow the likes of North Korea to direct arms control agencies, and to keep electing the world’s worst abusers on its top human rights body,” said Neuer.

“United Nations Watch urges the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, and all other member and observer states to refuse to send ambassadors to any meeting of this UN forum that is being chaired by North Korea. The U.S. and Canada pulled out while Iran was chair in 2013, and should do so again,” said Neuer.
Source: UN Watch

Neuer continued lambasting the announcement saying, “A country that flagrantly violates UN Security Council resolutions explicitly prohibiting its ballistic missile launches should be barred from any formal positions in UN bodies dealing with such vital matters as nuclear weapons disarmament.”

He added that it’s a “fundamental conflict of interests” to have North Korea preside over a forum on disarmament and it will likely “be exploited by North Korean propaganda, to legitimize Kim Jong-un’s cruel regime.”

The United Nations has proven to be nothing but a globalist, anti-Western, anti-Israel platform for dictators of the worst sort from around the globe.

The United Nations is an absolute joke… and it’s not even a funny one.

For some reason, the United States still funds this B.S. organization.

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker