The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asserted countries with nuclear weapons must commit to the “no first use” of those weapons.
“There is only one solution to the nuclear threat: not to have nuclear weapons at all. This means opening every avenue of dialogue, diplomacy, and negotiation to ease tensions and eliminate these deadly weapons of mass destruction,” said Guterres.
He suggested that the Nuclear Countries must also assure states that do not have nuclear weapons that they will not use — or threaten to use — nuclear weapons against them, and be transparent throughout. Nuclear saber-rattling must stop.
“We are seeing fresh signs of hope in New York, where the world has come together for the Tenth Review Conference on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty is one of the main reasons why nuclear weapons have not been used since 1945.”
It contains legally binding commitments to achieve nuclear disarmament and can be a powerful catalyst for disarmament — the only way to eliminate these horrendous weapons once and for all.
He also noted that in June, members of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons met for the first time to develop a roadmap toward a world free of these doomsday devices.