Prospects for nuclear disarmament particularly "dim"

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The prospects for nuclear disarmament across the world are particularly dim according to the United Nations disarmament chief.

The international community is currently meeting in New York at the organization's Disarmament Commission (UNDC) to look at ways of controlling nuclear and conventional weapons.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

Addressing the opening of the 2015 substantive session of the Disarmament Commission (UNDC), the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane said that efforts to reduce the global circulation of weaponry had stalled.

She said an increase in conflicts around the world had fed the proliferation of conventional weapons.

And she added that nuclear disarmament could be faltering.

"The prospects for future nuclear arms reductions are dim and we may even be witnessing a roll back of the hard-won disarmament gains of the last 25 years. I have never seen a wider divide between nuclear haves and nuclear have-nots over the scale and pace of nuclear of disarmament. This schism is reflected here in the Commission and continues to act as a significant break on the forward movement."

Ms Kane did highlight what she described "genuine bright spots" including the complete removal of all chemical weapons from Syria.

The Commission is mandated to make recommendations in the field of disarmament and to follow up the decisions and recommendations of the UN General Assembly.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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