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Taken Questions
Office of the Spokesman
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November 29, 2001
Question Taken at November 30, 2001 Daily Press Briefing

North Korea: Terrorism Convention (Taken Question)

Question: Which antiterrorism agreements did North Korea say it would sign? Which have they signed and ratified? Is the United States a party to these same agreements?

Answer: North Korea has indicated its intention to ratify two international conventions:

  • the 1979 International Contention Against the Taking of Hostages; and
  • the 1999 International Convention for Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism

Ratification of the latter convention is one of the measures called for under U.N. Security Council resolutions relevant to the global campaign against terrorism.

North Korea has signed and ratified five of the twelve international terrorism conventions. * The United States is a party to ten of them. The two most recent ones on bombing and financing have been signed and are pending ratification by the U.S. Senate.

We would welcome and encourage North Korean cooperation in international efforts to combat terrorism.

* North Korea is a party to:

  1. 1963 Tokyo Convention on Offences and certain other acts committed on board Aircraft
  2. 1970 Hague Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft
  3. 1971 Montreal Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Civil Aircraft
  4. 1973 Convention of the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Internationally Protected Persons, Including Diplomatic Agents
  5. 1988 Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts of Violence at Airports Serving International Civil Aviation

Released on November 30, 2001

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