UN / UK NUCLEAR WEAPONS

17-Mar-2021 00:00:56
The United Nations expressed “concern” at the United Kingdom’s decision to increase its nuclear weapons arsenal which could have a “damaging impact on global stability and efforts to pursue a world free of nuclear weapons,” according to a spokesperson. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UK NUCLEAR WEAPONS
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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17 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We welcome the UK's reaffirmation in the integrated review of security, defence and foreign policy of its commitment to a world without nuclear weapons, to disarmament, arms control, and the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. But we do express our concern at the UK's decision to increase its nuclear weapons arsenal which is contrary to its obligations under article six of the NPT and could have a damaging impact on global stability and efforts to pursue a world free of nuclear weapons. At a time when nuclear weapon risks are higher than they have been since the Cold War, investments in disarmament and arms control is the best way to strengthen the stability and reduce nuclear danger.”
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The United Nations expressed “concern” at the United Kingdom’s decision to increase its nuclear weapons arsenal which could have a “damaging impact on global stability and efforts to pursue a world free of nuclear weapons,” according to a spokesperson.

Responding to a question from journalists today (17 Mar), UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric welcomed the UK's “reaffirmation in the integrated review of security, defence and foreign policy of its commitment to a world without nuclear weapons, to disarmament, arms control, and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).” However, the spokesperson expressed the UN’s concern at the UK's decision to increase its nuclear weapons arsenal “which is contrary to its obligations under article six of the NPT.”

Dujarric stressed that at a time when nuclear weapon risks are “higher than they have been since the Cold War, investments in disarmament and arms control is the best way to strengthen the stability and reduce nuclear danger.”
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