South Korea prepares for the upcoming NPT conference with Britain and the European Union

SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) – Park Il, Director General of the Department of Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons at the Foreign Ministry, held separate virtual meetings with his counterparts from Britain and the European Union to discuss the upcoming conference on the Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is announced.

The department said Park spoke via video link on Tuesday with Samantha Job, director of defense and international security at the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He also had a virtual meeting with Marjolene van Dillen, the European Union’s special envoy for non-proliferation and disarmament, on Wednesday.

The talks focused on preparations for the successful opening of the NPT review conference scheduled for August, after it was postponed last year due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Last year marked the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, a multilateral treaty aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The Review Conference is held every five years to verify the implementation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

During the meetings, Park and his UK and EU counterparts agreed on the need for continued close cooperation to achieve a substantive outcome in a review conference to strengthen the TPN system.

He also called for continuing to support South Korea’s efforts to advance the peace process on the peninsula, according to the ministry.

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