DPRK Accedes to Svalbard Treaty

The DPRK acceded to the Svalbard Treaty on January 25 according to a decision of its government. Its accession to the treaty provided it with an international legal guarantee for conducting economic activities and scientific researches in the Svalbard Islands.

The Treaty between Norway, The United States of America, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Ireland and the British overseas Dominions and Sweden concerning Spitsbergen, signed in Paris 9 February 1920, commonly called the Svalbard Treaty or the Spitsbergen Treaty, recognises the sovereignty of Norway over the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, at the time called Spitsbergen.

43 parties ratificated this treaty including the DPRK.

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