Discussions continue on nuclear disarmament at CD

The Conference on Disarmament (CD) met on Thursday morning to discuss agenda items 1 and 2, with a particular focus on nuclear disarmament. Statements were made by the delegations of Chile, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Belgium, Pakistan, Syria, Iran, the United Kingdom (UK), Algeria, the United States (US), Japan, and the Russian Federation.

CD president Oyarce from Chile invited delegations to make detailed comments on measures for nuclear disarmament and asked member states to give their views on either a complete programme of nuclear disarmament such as a Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC), or a step-by-step approach.  The delegations of DPRK, Pakistan, Syria, Iran, and Algeria stated that nuclear disarmament is their main priority and called for the CD to establish an ad hoc committee on this topic.  Ambassador Kennedy of the US argued that progress on nuclear disarmament takes time and highlighted that the US administration plans to address deployed and non-deployed, strategic and non-strategic nuclear weapons within a year.  While emphasizing that the US supports the step-by-step approach “rigorously”, Ambassador Kennedy announced that she was interested to hear discussions of a NWC, how would it be verified, and how would it deal with compliance.

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