North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 21st March 2007.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what personal involvement she has taken in negotiations with the North Korean regime on its nuclear weapons programme.

Photo of Ian McCartney Ian McCartney Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear weapons programme is a key focus for the Six Party Talks (6PT). While we remain profoundly concerned by the nuclear test conducted on 9 October 2006, the agreement reached at the latest round of talks on 13 February is a step in the right direction towards the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, proving that diplomatic negotiations are the way forward. Although not a member of the 6PT, the UK is fully supportive of this process and will continue to urge the DPRK to fulfil the commitments it has entered into under the February agreement, as well as comply with UN Security Council Resolution 1718 and resume its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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