"Canada is boycotting the UN Conference on Disarmament in protest after North Korea took over the rotating presidency of the body, Foreign Minister John Baird said Monday.
"I think what we'll do is simply withdraw and boycott any activities of the conference until after August 19," Baird said. "The bottom line is, that with respect to disarmament, North Korea has been a rogue regime."
Pyongyang holds the rotating presidency of the UN body from June 28 to August 19 and has said it is ready to engage with it on nuclear arm control talks, which have been in a deadlock for the last two years.
"Today we are suspending our participation in the UN Conference on Disarmament," Baird said in a separate statement.
"North Korea is simply not a credible chair of this UN body. The regime is a major proliferator of nuclear weapons and its non-compliance with its disarmament obligations goes against the fundamental principles of this committee," he added.
Pyongyang has since said it is willing to talk, but the Obama administration wants it to commit clearly to past denuclearization accords.
The conference is "a consensus-based organization, so nothing can be decided just because the chair is a country that we have issues with," she added....
AT publisher thanks Canada:
7/12/11, "North Korea chairs UN Disarmament Conference; Canada quits, US downplays," American Thinker, Thomas Lifson
"What a shameful episode for the United States. The Obama administration can get exercised over Jews adding a spare room to their houses in the West Bank, but a murderous, heartless regime that is straving its own people being honored with a UN chairmanship rates
- no outrage.
Thank-you, Canada, for showing up the real values of the Obama administration."...
via American Thinker