Munich Security Conference
MUNICH SECURITY CONFERENCE
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North Korea will send a delegation to the Munich Security Conference for the first time in the 56-year history of the top diplomatic gathering.
- The nuclear dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang remains at an impasse after the second summit of U.S. President Donald Trump and the North’s leader Kim Jong-un collapsed without a deal early last year.
- The subsequent working-level talks in Sweden in October also broke down due to the differences over the scope of the North’s denuclearization and U.S. concessions.
- The announcement to attend MSC comes a month after Pyongyang declared it was abandoning moratoriums on nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests.
- The self-imposed ban on tests had been the centerpiece of two years of nuclear diplomacy between the US and North Korea.
- The 2020 edition will be held from February 14 to 16.
- This will be the 56th
- During its main conference in February, the MSC assembles more than 450 senior decision-makers as well as thought leaders from around the world, including heads of state, ministers, leading personalities of international and non-governmental organizations, high-ranking representatives from business, the media, academia, and civil society to debate pressing issues of international security policy.
Munich Security Conference:
- MSC is an annual conference on the international security policy that takes place in Munich, Germany since 1963.
- During the MSC 2019, India raised the issue of the Pulwama terror attack during bilateral meetings with several countries, including the US, Germany, and Russia.
- MSC is an independent venue for policymakers and experts for open and constructive discussions about the most pressing security issues of the day and of the future.
Munich Security Report:
- The Munich Security Report is published annually before the Munich Security Conference in February.
- The report contains exclusive data and graphics on current security policy issues, compiled in cooperation with renowned partner institutions of the MSC.
- The Munich Security Report serves as a basis for discussion at the conference in Munich.
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