Congressman David Rivera (FL-25) reacted to North Korea assuming the presidency of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament in a statement:
"North Korea assuming the presidency of the Conference on Disarmament continues a long-established pattern of nonsensical council and conference assignments by the United Nations. This is the same body that entrusts oversight of human rights to countries like China and Cuba. So it seems only natural that the U.N. would give oversight of the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community to a country that is building up its arsenal of nuclear weapons and missiles even in the face of sanctions from the U.N. It defies comprehension why the U.N. continues to irrationally appoint countries to councils and conferences that violate the very purpose of the body they are members of.
It is also inexcusable that the U.N. has reiterated its support for Iran's government-sponsored conference on terrorism that accused the United States, Great Britain and Israel of cultivating terrorism, and called for terrorist attacks on all three countries.
"With each of these actions, the U.N. guarantees its lack of credibility.
"The United Nations is in dire need of reform if it is truly going to serve its intended purpose of facilitating cooperation between nations to make the world a safer place for all."