Secretary General António Guterres began by stating that the current threat of nuclear proliferation has international tensions at an all-time high, the likes of which have not been seen since the Cold War. He stated that the threat must be resolved through political solutions emphasizing disarmament, as well as confidence-building measures.
The President of Kazakhstan began by citing the efforts of Kazakhstan to denounce nuclear action. He went on to propose the crafting of a Security Council resolution including sanctions & coercive measures for nations violating regulations. This concept of accountability was echoed by the President of Poland, Kuwait, Great Britain & others.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Russian Federation stated that while Russia supports the goal of a nuclear weapon-free world, it does not intend to join any proposed treaty to ban nuclear weapons, because the such a proposal lacks strategic stability & provokes disagreement in the international community.
Before the United States Ambassador, Nikki Haley, spoke, nearly all other delegates stood and exited the chamber. Ms. Haley stated that the biggest threats to non-proliferation are North Korea and Iran, citing examples of their misconduct.
Meeting: Security Council meeting on Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction & Confidence-building measures
Date/Location: Thursday, January 18; 10:00; Security Council Chamber, United Nations
Headquarters, New York, NY
D.P.R. of Kuwait
Minister of Foreign Affairs for Russian Federation
Written By: WIT Representative Andrea Estrella