North Korea opened the UN conference on disarmament in Geneva on Thursday, but saw heavy criticism of its nuclear and missile programs.
This comes as the North currently holds the rotating one-month presidency of the UN-backed forum focused on denuclearization efforts.
Following Pyeongyang's ambassador Han Tae-song's opening of the session, Australian Ambassador, Amanda Gorely, read a joint statement by around 40 countries, calling the North's nuclear and missile activities (quote)"a violation of numerous UN Security Council resolutions."
Han said the North couldn't stand still but stressed that his country's latest weapons tests are only in line with its plans to boost national defense.
However, other member states, including South Korea, the U.S. and Japan, further condemned the North's latest flurry of ICBM launches and urged the regime to return to dialogue.
Only China, Iran, Nigeria and Pakistan congratulated the North for its leadership and pledged their cooperation.
The supposedly three-hour conference lasted for just over an hour in the midst of icy atmosphere and came amid concerns that the North is on the verge of conducting a nuclear test.
Founded in 1979, the multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations discusses nuclear disarmament, bans on producing fissile material and the prevention of an arms race in outer space.
China, Columbia, Cuba, North Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ecuador will take their turns leading the forum this year, and Pyeongyang has been holding the presidency from Monday.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.