The Middle East: A diplomat calls for a nuclear-free zone
NEW YORK – Kuwait reiterated its unwavering position on international security and peace, as well as nuclear non-proliferation, only because of its unwavering commitment to international conventions. This was stated by Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Tareq Al-Banai, during the Tenth Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
He stated that the world has agreed that the Non-Proliferation Treaty on Nuclear Weapons (NPT) is the cornerstone of the non-proliferation system, and he urged ensuring the NPT’s credibility, particularly in light of current developments. While commemorating the 50th anniversary of the NPT, all parties must work hard to keep this treaty alive.
He went on to say that there is an opportunity
For this conference to make genuine progress, countries, particularly nuclear ones, must keep their promise to adopt a relevant ambitious plan with specific goals. The Kuwaiti diplomat emphasized the world’s recent rapid and serious developments, with some nuclear countries announcing the continuation and upgrading of their nuclear arsenals, as well as their commitment to nuclear deterrence.
According to Al-Banai, these developments necessitate clear and unequivocal mechanisms within the framework of the NPT. However, he expressed hope that Kuwait and the Gulf countries’ concerns about the agreement would be taken into account, and he called for a follow-up on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 regarding verification and monitoring in Iran.
Al-Banai urged the participants
Iranian nuclear agreement to return to the negotiating table in order to reach an agreement that would ensure the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program. Kuwait’s new permanent representative to the United Nations strongly condemned any nuclear tests that could jeopardize human safety, as well as any provocation or behavior that could jeopardize international security and peace.
Based on a resolution adopted during the 2010 review conference, he noted that Kuwait had contributed to Arab efforts to press for the elimination of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. He went on to say that the conference had requested that the then-UN Secretary General and the three countries that had adopted the resolution convene a conference on a nuclear-free zone.