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North Korea signs Sval­bard Trea­ty

While North Korea is pro­vo­king the world by tes­ting nuclear wea­pons and long-ran­ge mis­si­les, the regime has signed the Sval­bard Trea­ty on Janu­a­ry 25 without much public atten­ti­on. This trea­ty, which was signed in 1920 in Ver­sailles and came into for­ce in 1925, gave Nor­way sov­er­eig­n­ty over the Spits­ber­gen archi­pe­la­go (the ori­gi­nal trea­ty docu­ment does not have the name Sval­bard) while main­tai­ning rights of signa­to­ry governments and their citi­zens to be eco­no­mi­c­al­ly and sci­en­ti­fi­cal­ly acti­ve without the need for a gene­ral per­mis­si­on. One of the con­se­quen­ces is that Spits­ber­gen is, in con­trast to main­land Nor­way, not part of the Schen­gen Trea­ty area.

Sval­bard is not unknown in the far east: espe­cial­ly in Thai­land, peop­le are qui­te awa­re of this uni­que job oppor­tu­ni­ty that does not requi­re resi­dence or work per­mits. The third-lar­gest popu­la­ti­on group in Lon­gye­ar­by­en are Thai peop­le, which have been forming an important part of the social and eco­no­mic struc­tu­re of the town for many years by now.

It is not known if the North Kore­an regime plans their admis­si­on to the trea­ty to be fol­lo­wed by any prac­ti­cal steps or any kind of pre­sence. North Korea is also mem­ber sta­te of the Ant­arc­tic Trea­ty (without voting rights). As far as known, the only North Kore­an acti­vi­ty in Ant­arc­ti­ca was the par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on of some sci­en­tists in a Soviet expe­di­ti­on in 1989/90.

What is Kim Jong Un doing in Sval­bard? Cree­py duo in Pyra­mi­den (pho­to com­po­si­ti­on).

Kim in Svalbard

Source: The Inde­pen­dent Bar­ents Obser­ver

By the way, my new book is in print and it can now be orde­red 🙂 it is a pho­to book with the tit­le “Nor­we­gens ark­ti­scher Nor­den (1): Spitz­ber­gen – vom Polar­licht bis zur Mit­ter­nachts­son­ne”, with Ger­man text Click here for fur­ther details!

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