GENEVA / NEW ARMS RACE

23-Apr-2018 00:03:09
A top United Nations official warned today against the “deteriorating” geopolitical environment and rising “rhetoric about the necessity and utility of nuclear weapons” while welcoming ”the decision by the DPRK to suspend nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, and to dismantle its nuclear test site." UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / NEW ARMS RACE
TRT: 3:13
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATTS

DATELINE: 23 APRIL 2018 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, podium, Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs:
”The geopolitical environment is deteriorating. Some of the most important instruments and agreements that comprise our collective security framework are being eroded. Rhetoric about the necessity and utility of nuclear weapons is on the rise. Modernization programmes by nuclear-weapon States are leading to what many see as a new qualitative arms race”.
4. Med shot, CTBT exhibition
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs:
”The decision by the DPRK to suspend nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, and to dismantle its nuclear test site, are welcome developments which we hope will contribute to building trust and to sustaining an atmosphere for sincere dialogue and negotiations. The Secretary-General looks forward to a positive outcome of the Inter-Korean Summit and hopes for early agreement on a framework for resumption of negotiations leading to verifiable denuclearization and sustainable peace on the Korean Peninsula”.
6. Wide shot, Assembly Hall exterior
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs:
“Turning to another region, the Secretary-General remains convinced that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action continues to be the best way to ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme and to realize the promised tangible economic benefits for the Iranian people”.
8. Medium shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO):
“We have two years to prepare the ground for an outcome to the 2020 Review Conference that proves to the world that nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament can be achieved within the clear rules based framework. It goes without saying that the global political landscape is changing, this is always the case. But let there be no mistake about it. The NPT is our precious inheritance, it is the immovable foundation for a future of peace and security”.
10. Med shot, delegates and podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Christopher A. Ford, Assistant Secretary for International Security for the United States: “This meeting does provide us with the opportunity to reflect upon our common interests in maintaining the treaty, on our shared responsibility to strengthen the NPT regimes and all of its aspects, and on the central role of non-proliferation in achieving the full benefits of the treaty, including especially, the security benefits that it provides to all states party. An effective non-proliferation regime is also a key element in building a secure condition conducive to further progress on nuclear disarmament”.
12. Med shot, cameramen
13. Wide shot, Assembly Hall
14. Med shot, Hiroshima exhibition photos
STORYLINE
A top United Nations official warned today against the “deteriorating” geopolitical environment and rising “rhetoric about the necessity and utility of nuclear weapons.”

Izumi Nakamitsu, UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs said “modernization programmes by nuclear-weapon States are leading to what many see as a new qualitative arms race”.

In her opening speech at the preparatory meeting of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) at the United Nations in Geneva, Nakamitsu, said that “ some of the most important instruments and agreements that comprise our collective security framework are being eroded.”

The NPT entered into force in 1970 at the height of the Cold War and is regarded as the cornerstone of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and an essential foundation for the pursuit of nuclear disarmament. It was designed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, to further the goals of nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament, and to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Today’s meeting takes place two days after the announcement of Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK) to freeze its program of ballistic-missiles and nuclear tests, a decision that has been welcomed by the United Nations.

Izumi Nakamitsu said that “the decision by the DPRK to suspend nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, and to dismantle its nuclear test site, are welcome developments which we hope will contribute to building trust and to sustaining an atmosphere for sincere dialogue and negotiations”. Nakamitsu added that “the Secretary-General looks forward to a positive outcome of the Inter-Korean Summit and hopes for early agreement on a framework for resumption of negotiations leading to verifiable denuclearization and sustainable peace on the Korean Peninsula”.

On the Iranian issue, Nakamitsu called on all actors to "remain fully committed" to its implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that was signed on 14 July 2015 in Vienna, Austria, between Iran and China, the United States, the Russian Federation, France and the United Kingdom - the five permanent members of the Security Council - but also Germany and the European Union.

Nakamitsu said that “the Secretary-General remains convinced that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action continues to be the best way to ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme and to realize the promised tangible
economic benefits for the Iranian people”.

For Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) today’s meeting has an important role: “We have two years to prepare the ground for an outcome to the 2020 Review Conference that proves to the world that nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament can be achieved within the clear rules based framework”.

Zerbo added that “it goes without saying that the global political landscape is changing, this is always the case. But let there be no mistake about it. The NPT is our precious inheritance, it is the immovable foundation for a future of peace and security”.

Dr. Christopher A. Ford, Assistant Secretary for International Security for the United States said that “this meeting does provide us with the opportunity to reflect upon our common interests in maintaining the treaty, on our shared responsibility to strengthen the NPT regimes and all of its aspects, and on the central role of non-proliferation in achieving the full benefits of the treaty, including especially, the security benefits that it provides to all states party. An effective non-proliferation regime is also a key element in building a secure condition conducive to further progress on nuclear disarmament”.

The Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) will hold its second session from 23 April to 4 May 2018 at the United Nations in Geneva. This will be the second of three planned sessions that will be held prior to the 2020 Review Conference – the year of the fifth anniversary of the NPT’s entry into force.
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