UN official calls for strengthening efforts on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons

BRUSSELS: The European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence discussed the future of multilateral arms control with the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu in Brussels Monday.

“At the UN we often speak of the deterioration in the international security environment and I think you are feeling this very acutely in this continent,” she told the Members of the European Parliament.

“We at the UN look at disarmament , arms control and non proliferation as tools for achieving security. These are not Utopian dreams.. we need to create a more safer and secure world,” stressed the UN official.

Besides discussing the possibility of reviving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, and relations with Russia and China, Members of European Parliament wanted also to know how the situation with the Iran nuclear agreement might develop.

Nakamitsu replied that the Iran nuclear deal has been one of the most important diplomatic achievements in non-proliferation efforts. “The UN does not have a formal role in it, but I can say, let’s try to do our best to preserve this agreement”, she added.

The European Parliament will give its recommendation in a report to EU High Representative Josep Borrell and to the EU Council of Ministers on how to prepare for the 2020 Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT) review process, said the Committee in a statement. The report, analyses the state of play on nuclear arms control and nuclear disarmament and should help the Council to find a common European position. It should be put to the vote in the Committee on Foreign Affairs in February and in the full House at the meeting in March. The Treaty, which entered into force in 1970, is reviewed every five years and the UN will review it this spring for the tenth time. It is seen as the cornerstone of the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime.

Its goals are to prevent the spread of nuclear arms and technology and promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Its ultimate objective is to serve as a tool to achieve complete nuclear disarmament.

Source: Kuwait News Agency