“Disappointment” at impasse on nuclear weapons

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Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

Talks on nuclear non-proliferation at the United Nations in New York have ended without an agreement.

The 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons , known as the NPT, failed to reach a consensus on how to achieve a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction.

Daniel Dickinson reports

The NPT is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology.

Conferences to review the operation of the treaty have been held at five-year intervals since it went into effect in 1970.

It was hoped the 2015 meeting would reach what the UN Secretary-General called a  "new collective vision on how to achieve a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons."

Ban Ki-moon said he was disappointed that UN Member States were unable to reach an agreement.

He said he was ready to support efforts to promote and sustain the inclusive regional dialogue necessary to reach a deal in the Middle East.

More than 150 countries took part in the month-long NPT conference.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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