Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)


In 1956 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was among the founding states of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research and participated in development of documents regulating its activities, specifically,the Charter of Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, which states that “results achieved in scientific research carried out in the Institute shall be used exclusively for peaceful purposes for the benefit of humanity”. In the following years, cooperation between JINR and DPRK research organizations, and participation of scientists and researchers from DPRK in various JINR projects conformed with the basic principles of the JINR mandate.

In recent years DPRK started to diverge from its international commitments documented in JINR fundamental documents, specifically in JINR Charter. In this regard and in line with existing procedures JINR supreme governing body, the Committee of Plenipotentiaries (CP) of JINR member states, at its annual meetingon 20-21 November 2015 has taken a decision to suspend membership of the DPRK in JINR due to its failure to comply with requirements of JINR Charter.

Following the above decision of CP, starting November 2015, DPRK has been denied the right to participate in JINR governing bodies, JINR science programmes, or to benefit from JINR research results. JINR hos not employed nationals from DPRK starting 31st ofMarch, 2015. JINR contacts with DPRK research community have since ceased at all levels.

The decision to suspend DPRK membership in JINR was immediately and duly communicated to the Government of DPRK through DPRK Embassy in Moscow. UN Security Council, in response to its enquiry, was also informed about suspension of DPRK membership in JINR on 7th ofDecember, 2015.

Restoration of membership of DPRK in JINR shall be possible strictly subject to, and in conformity with requirements of JINR Charter.