World faces growing nuclear threats, says deputy UN chief

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Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson UN Photo: Cia Pak

The world is facing growing nuclear threats yet progress in multilateral nuclear disarmament has come to a standstill, the deputy UN chief has said.

Jan Eliasson made the remarks on Monday during a meeting to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

The event was organized on the margins of the 71st UN General Assembly Debate.

Charles Appel has the story.

Tens of billions of dollars have been put aside to maintain and upgrade already huge nuclear weapon systems, the Deputy Secretary-General warned.

Jan Eliasson recalled how North Korea has repeatedly defied the norm against nuclear testing and the will of the international community.

Earlier this month, the Asian country, also known as DPRK, carried out its fifth and reportedly largest ever atomic test.

Sadly, he noted, several countries continue to include nuclear deterrence in their security doctrines.

"But let us recall that recent developments have shown that nuclear weapons do not ensure peace and security. Rather, their development and possession has become a major source of growing international tensions. Meanwhile, we see deepening divisions on the future of multilateral nuclear disarmament. The next review cycle of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT) begins in 2017. The world cannot afford another period of dangerous inaction."

On 23 September the UN Security Council adopted a resolution on nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament.

It also coincided with the 20th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which bans all nuclear explosions for both civilian and military purposes.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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