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Democratic People's Republic of Korea Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Nuclear-armed states

North Korea boycotted the TPNW negotiations and has not adhered to the Treaty. It is a nuclear-armed state and not in compliance with all of the prohibitions in Article 1. North Korea may sign and ratify the TPNW, but will have to make changes to its policies and practices to become compliant.

Latest developments and background

In 2017, the delegation of North Korea to the UN General Assembly First Committee stated that the North Korean government could not support the TPNW. North Korea “consistently supports the total elimination of nuclear weapons and the efforts for denuclearization of the entire world. However as long as the U.S. who constantly threatens and blackmails the [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] with nuclear weapons rejects the NBT [Nuclear Ban treaty] the DPRK is not in position to accede to the treaty”.


  • North Korea should acknowledge that nuclear deterrence is not a sustainable solution for its own or international security, and that any perceived benefits are far outweighed by the risk of nuclear accidents or war. It should move rapidly to verifiably reduce and eliminate its nuclear arsenal.
  • North Korea should urgently sign and ratify the TPNW, and encourage other states to adhere to the Treaty. Until it is in a position to do so, it should welcome the TPNW as a valuable contribution towards the common aspiration of a world without nuclear weapons, attend its meetings of states parties as an observer, and work with its states parties on practical steps towards disarmament.
Compliance with article 1(1) of the TPNW
Art 1(1)(a) The prohibition on developing, producing, manufacturing, or otherwise acquiring Not compliant
The prohibition on testing Compliant
The prohibition on possessing or stockpiling Not compliant
Art 1(1)(b) The prohibition on transferring Compliant
Art 1(1)(c) The prohibition on receiving transfer or control Compliant
Art 1(1)(d) The prohibition on using Compliant
The prohibition on threatening to use Compliant
Art 1(1)(e) The prohibition on assisting prohibited activities Compliant
The prohibition on encouraging or inducing prohibited activities Compliant
Art 1(1)(f) The prohibition on encouraging or inducing prohibited activities Compliant
Art 1(1)(g) The prohibition on allowing stationing, installation, or deployment Compliant
TPNW process
Vote on mandate resolution (A/RES/71/258) Did not vote
Participated in treaty negotiations (% women) No (N/A)
Vote on adoption of treaty text N/A
Vote on UNGA resolution 2018 Abstained
Fissile material
Highly enriched uranium stocks 0 t (~0 weapon equivalents)
Civilian plutonium stocks
Fissile material production Yes (HEU and Pu, suspected)
Related treaties and mechanisms
Party to the NPT No (1985-2003)
Party to a NWFZ No
Ratified the CTBT No (Annex 2 state)
Party to the PTBT No
Member of the CD Yes
IAEA CSA in force Yes (not implemented)
IAEA AP in force No
Party to the CWC No
Party to the BWC Yes