UN / NUCLEAR WEAPONS

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Marking the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, UN chief António Guterres warned, “relations between nuclear-armed States are mired in mistrust. Dangerous rhetoric about the utility of nuclear weapons is on the rise. A qualitative nuclear arms race is underway.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 26 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

26 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2.Various shots, conference room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
Relations between nuclear-armed States are mired in mistrust. Dangerous rhetoric about the utility of nuclear weapons is on the rise. A qualitative nuclear arms race is underway. The painstakingly constructed arms control regime is fraying. Divisions over the pace and scale of disarmament are growing. I worry that we are slipping back into bad habits that will once again hold the entire world hostage to the threat of nuclear annihilation.”
4.Wide shot, conference room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I also repeat my call on all State Parties to work together at the 2020 Review of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to ensure the NPT remains able to fulfil its fundamental goals – preventing nuclear war and facilitating the elimination of nuclear weapons.”
6. Wide shot, conference room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I once again call on all States to fully implement their commitments related to the non-proliferation and disarmament of nuclear weapons. Failure to do so will only further undermine the regime. I also call on those States possessing nuclear weapons to engage in the urgent dialogue needed to prevent the use of nuclear weapons and agree on near-term practical steps in nuclear disarmament.”
8. Wide shot, conference room

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Marking the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, UN chief António Guterres warned, “relations between nuclear-armed States are mired in mistrust. Dangerous rhetoric about the utility of nuclear weapons is on the rise. A qualitative nuclear arms race is underway.”

Speaking to delegates in New York today (26 Sep), UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that the elimination of nuclear weapons has been the United Nations’ highest disarmament priority from day one.

Guterres noted that though much progress has been made in reducing the danger of nuclear weapons, “the painstakingly constructed arms control regime is fraying. Divisions over the pace and scale of disarmament are growing.”

The UN chief said he is worried that “we are slipping back into bad habits that will once again hold the entire world hostage to the threat of nuclear annihilation.”

With last month’s expiration of the landmark Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty – or INF, the world lost an invaluable brake on nuclear war.

The Secretary-General strongly encourage the United States and the Russian Federation to extend the so-called ‘New Start’ agreement to provide stability and the time to negotiate future arms control measures.

He also repeated his call on “all State Parties to work together at the 2020 Review of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to ensure the NPT remains able to fulfil its fundamental goals – preventing nuclear war and facilitating the elimination of nuclear weapons.”

The UN chief also once again called on “all States to fully implement their commitments related to the non-proliferation and disarmament of nuclear weapons.”

He reiterated, “failure to do so will only further undermine the regime.”

Guterres also called on those States possessing nuclear weapons to “engage in the urgent dialogue needed to prevent the use of nuclear weapons and agree on near-term practical steps in nuclear disarmament.”

The General Assembly commemorated 26 September as the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. This Day provides an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a priority. It provides an opportunity to educate the public - and their leaders - about the real benefits of eliminating such weapons, and the social and economic costs of perpetuating them. Commemorating this Day at the United Nations is especially important, given its universal membership and its long experience in grappling with nuclear disarmament issues.
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