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IPPNW statement on DPRK nuclear test

February 12, 2013

The IPPNW Executive Committee has issued the following statement in response to the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) and announced on February 12, 2013.

February 12, 2013

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) confirmed today that it conducted a nuclear test with an estimated yield of six to seven kilotons. This was the DPRK’s third nuclear test since 2006, when the country declared itself a nuclear-weapon state, having withdrawn from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 2003.

IPPNW unconditionally condemns this test and the rhetoric that accompanied it, which does nothing to make the DPRK, the North Asia region, or the world more secure. To the contrary, by increasing the nuclear threat within the region, the government of Kim Jong-un has increased the level of tension with its neighbors, has invited more of the international hostility to which it understandably objects, and has further complicated efforts to achieve regional peace and security.

Nevertheless, the DPRK’s heedless pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means for their delivery cannot be seen in isolation as simply a proliferation problem or a provocative act by an aggressive nation. The other nuclear-weapon states and their allies continue to support a double standard by refusing to eliminate their own nuclear arsenals—as the signatories to the NPT are obliged to do—while insisting that the rest of the world remain nuclear-weapons free.

Instead, every nuclear-weapons state is modernizing its arsenals with the intent of retaining them for decades to come. This past December, IPPNW protested a sub-critical nuclear test conducted by the United States, noting that such tests are “a means to extend and perpetuate the role of nuclear weapons in security policy, and not as a step toward disarmament,” and that they are “a hypocritical practice that undermines the arguments for non-proliferation.”

Only a world in which nuclear weapons have been banned and eliminated through a global abolition treaty can assure itself that this existential threat to humanity is a thing of the past. This is the goal of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), launched by IPPNW in 2007 and now comprising hundreds of civil society organizations.

We join others committed to regional peace and security in calling for diplomatic steps that will not further exacerbate tensions. Among these are a cessation of all aggressive actions, including military actions by all parties; an end to economic sanctions that only harm the North Korean people; the creation of a North East Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone and other agreements to enhance collective security within the region.

Most important, we again urge all States to commence and conclude negotiations on a global treaty to rid the world of nuclear weapons, so that no State can any longer claim a need or a right to possess them.

  1. February 24, 2013 9:15 pm

    This is just nonsense, uhh. If physicians are going to meddle in international diplomacy, they need to first acquaint themselves with the art of war + statecraft… which are both based on deception + manipulation. China said there was no evidence of nuclear radiation + the US Geological Survey posted a false massive earthquake as supposedly being caused…. altho there were several earthquakes occurring in the Pacific in that month anyway. The supposed nuclear test in North Korea was more like the fancifully hinted-at air strike by Israel inside Syria recently…. it didn’t happen + there was no evidence of it happening… but there was a lot of talk on both sides aimed at making spurious accusations to attach blame to the other party.

  2. ion jean permalink
    February 12, 2013 11:05 pm

    If the.mining of uranium were banned globally, that might begin the healing of our biosphere. Too much has been brought to the surface. We have a severe imbalance of too much radioactivity in the environment…fallout upon fallout upon meltdowns, our background levels have risen right along with internal contamination from long lived isotopes.

    Suffice it to say that those who hold economic interest in the mining of uranium have not only influenced the spawning of atomic energy since its inception, but encourage the sale and use of the radioactive toxin to the present day and should be held accountable for their contribution to all the sometimes invisible genocide.

    Any meaningful step.towards a nuclear free world begins with following the money.

  3. February 12, 2013 7:57 pm

    As the child of an atomic veteran, I implore everyone who supports nuclear testing as a means of ensuring peace to look around–at the Marshall Islands for one, which was declared the most toxic place on Earth and where Islanders have been sickened and born horribly disfigured as a result from the thirty-five tests that took place prior to the moratorium in the late 1950s. There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.

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