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North Korea: Nuclear Weapons

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has received representations from the International Atomic Energy Agency seeking clarification of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's legal status under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; and what UK policy is on this matter. (210482)

In Dr. ElBaradei's Introductory Statement to the Board of Governors on 2 June, he asked for guidance from states parties about the status of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT). We have not received any direct representation from the International Atomic Energy Agency on this point. We continue to regard DPRK as being a state party to the NPT because it has not followed the correct treaty withdrawal procedures.