Almost 40 states, including the US, the UK, France and Russia, have boycotted the UN talks to ban nuclear weapons.
The international community currently does not have an opportunity to renounce nuclear weapons due to the actions of North Korea, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Monday. According to her, almost 40 countries refused to participate in the first-ever talks on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons. As the Reuters news agency noted, the statements were made before the opening of the conference of the UN General Assembly on the elaboration of a convention on the complete prohibition of nuclear weapons.
“In this day and time we can’t honestly that say we can protect our people by allowing the bad actors to have them [nuclear weapons] and those of us that are good, trying to keep peace and safety, not to have them,” Haley said.
The US diplomat stressed that her greatest desire is to allow her family to live in a world without nuclear weapons.
“There is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons. But we have to be realistic. Is there anyone that believes that North Korea would agree to a ban on nuclear weapons?” Reuters quoted her words.
The US Ambassador to the UN added that almost 40 countries, including the US, the UK and France do not take part in the conference. Representatives of Russia and China also do not attend the talks. According to Haley, these countries would like to have a ban on nuclear weapons, but recognize that today they cannot protect their citizens without it.
US President Donald Trump believes that Washington needs to build up its nuclear capabilities. In an interview with Reuters in late February, Trump stressed that he wants to increase the number of nuclear weapons that are in the arsenal of the US Army. “I am the first one that would like to see … nobody have nukes, but we’re never going to fall behind any country even if it’s a friendly country, we’re never going to fall behind on nuclear power,” the US President said.
Earlier, on March 23, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia was ready to discuss reduction of the nuclear arsenal. At the same time, the minister noted that such negotiations should be conducted “taking into account all factors.” Moscow boycotted the negotiations at the UN General Assembly, as considers them untimely.