The possibility that terrorist groups could obtain weapons of mass destruction should not be dismissed as fiction: Ban

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the meeting of the Steering Committee of the Global Education First Initiative in Washington, DC.

Weapons of mass destruction remain among the gravest security threats facing the world community – including the risk that these destructive weapons may be acquired and used by non-state actors.

The warning comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in remarks at an event on "Preventing the Proliferation of the Weapons of Mass Destruction to Non-State Actors: The Implementation of Resolution 1540 in the Arab World".

Secretary-General Ban said the possibility that terrorist groups could obtain weapons of mass destruction should not be dismissed as a fiction. And he cautioned that "this is a horrific threat the international community should take seriously".

“ As long as these weapons exist, so, too, does the risk of their use – by accident or design. Let me be clear: the most reliable way to prevent both the proliferation and use of these weapons is through their total and verified elimination. There are no right hands that can handle these wrong weapons."

Secretary-General Ban welcomed stronger international measures to prevent terrorist groups and non-state actors from gaining access to the most lethal weapons and materials.

He stressed that bolstering rule of law in this field is essential.

The event was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration:1’23″

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