U.S. Official: N. Korea Must Abandon Nuclear, Missile Programs

GENEVA (Reuters) -
A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva. (Reuters/Denis Balibouse/File)

A senior U.S. arms control official said on Tuesday that the only way for North Korea to achieve security and development is to abandon all of its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.

Yleem Poblete, assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification and compliance, urged countries to halt any weapons or military cooperation with North Korea. “You are violating U.N. Security Council resolutions that explicitly prohibit such transfers,” she said.

There was no immediate reaction from North Korea’s delegation at the United Nations-sponsored Conference on Disarmament.