Nuclear security and terrorism a "pressing concern" says UN chief

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) addresses the opening session of the Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Nuclear security and terrorism remains a "pressing concern" according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon addressed more than 50 Heads of State attending the third Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, in the Netherlands on Monday.

Secretary-General Ban reiterated his support towards efforts to engage Iran to guarantee that their use of nuclear technology is solely for peaceful purposes.

He urged North Korea to comply with all the resolutions of the Security Council which has imposed sanctions on the country for continuing to pursue its nuclear programme.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq has more.

"In his statement at the opening session, he said that nuclear security remains a pressing concern, not least the risk of nuclear terrorism. He discussed nuclear security assurances, saying that in the case of Ukraine, security assurances were an essential condition for its accession to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. However, the credibility of the assurances given to Ukraine in the Budapest Memorandum of 1994 has been seriously undermined by recent events."

The Budapest Memorandum signed by Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom included security assurances against threats or use of force against Ukraine.

The political agreement paved the way for Ukraine to give up its nuclear weapons stockpile between 1994 and 1996.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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