UN chief calls for new push to rid the world of nuclear weapons - Pakistan News Digest

UN chief calls for new push to rid the world of nuclear weapons

Geneva United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for a new global effort to get rid of nuclear weapons, drawing a cautious response from envoys of atomic-armed powers at odds for decades over nuclear disarmament, Reuters reported.

Speaking to the Conference on Disarmament at the UN complex in Geneva on Monday, Guterres said many states still wrongly thought that nuclear weapons made the world safer.

There is great and justified anxiety around the world about the threat of nuclear war, the UN chief said.

Countries persist in clinging to the fallacious idea that nuclear arms make the world safer ... At the global level, we must work toward forging a new momentum on eliminating nuclear weapons, he added.

The Conference on Disarmament is the world's main forum for nuclear disarmament, but since 1996 it has been deadlocked by disagreements and distrust between rival nuclear powers.

Guterres said talks should target not only nuclear, chemical and conventional arms but also autonomous and unmanned weapons, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and space-based systems.

The secretary general said there are currently around 15,000 nuclear weapons worldwide and the arms trade is flourishing more than at any time since the Cold War, with $1.5 trillion of spending annually. Taboos on nuclear tests and chemical weapons usage were under threat, he added, while talk of tactical nuclear weapons was leading in an extremely dangerous direction.

Source: International Islamic News Agency


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