H-Bomb: UN stops training for N.Korean diplomats

Ban Ki-moon

Former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations has suspended a major training program for North Korean diplomats in response to Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test.

An official said on condition of anonymity on Monday in New York that UN planned to invite a group of North Korean diplomats to the disarmament-related program set for late January.

He said it had been indefinitely delayed as UN member states had shown a negative attitude toward financial support.

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In the annual training session that lasts several weeks, some North Korean diplomats are given opportunities to visit the UN headquarters in New York, the UN Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva or other UN facilities.

The source said UN’s decision was another sign that the North’s diplomatic isolation has been deepening since its Jan. 6 nuclear test.

Earlier, the World Economic Forum withdrew its rare invitation for North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong to attend its annual Davos forum.

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