Kuwait highlights importance of nuclear non-proliferation at IAEA talks

– The proliferation of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction is a challenge to international peace and security, Kuwait reiterated on Monday.

In a keynote speech at IAEA General Conference online talks, Kuwait’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Dr. Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah also acknowledged the right to produce and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes as per the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

On the matter, he called on North Korea to abide by Security Council resolutions, in regards to its nuclear programme, in order to ensure the stability of the Korean Peninsula.

He also called on Iran to return to full compliance with the nuclear deal (JCPOA) it had signed with world powers in 2015 after an IAEA Director General report recently revealed that Tehran was not ensuring its full commitment to the deal.

“We look forward to its approval and implementation of the additional protocol,” said the minister.

Kuwait has “followed with concern” Iran’s incomplete compliance with NPT Safeguards Agreement, he added, welcoming the IAEA’s efforts to encourage this and stressing the importance of fulfilling this objective.

“It (Iran) should settle all outstanding issues in order for the agency to be in a position to provide credible assurances regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear materials and activities in Iran and to ensure its continued status as a non-nuclear weapon state,” he said.

Kuwait welcomes the first session of the conference on the proposed Middle East nuclear weapon free zone agreement in November last year, he added, urging the need for Israel, in turn, to commit to the NPT.

Meanwhile, Kuwait pledged USD 300,000 to an International Atomic Energy Agency initiative, which provides access to joint scientific research and expertise on means to monitor, prevent and respond to pathogens and diseases.

The sum, pledged to the Zoonotic Disease Integrated Action initiative (ZODIAC) follows a USD 10 million contribution for the establishment and operation of the IAEA LEU (low enriched uranium) Bank in late 2019.

“Kuwait, as a member of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, affirms its commitment to actively participate in the Council’s efforts and to contribute to its activities in a manner of consensus and technical professionalism,” the minister said.

Urging other nations to follow suit, he expressed Kuwait’s keenness to cooperate with the IAEA on other matters, such as the Atoms for peace programme He also praised the agency’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP) which provides women with scholarships for Master?’s programmes in nuclear science, saying this mirrors Kuwait’s 2035 Vision plans, “which emphasise women’s empowerment.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency