UN Disarmament Commission continues deliberation

As members of the United Nations (UN) Disarmament Commission entered the second day of negotiations on Tuesday, it was determined that political divide is a large factor in the 15-year impasse.

Pakistan's representative, Maleeha Lodhi, pointed out the unwillingness of nuclear weapon states to dispose of current stockpiles while also pursuing non-proliferation for the international community. She also called for the recognition of states' equality and the right for a nation to not feel threatened by those countries with nuclear weapons. It is this underlying issue that causes smaller states to seek weapons for defense purposes, she explained.

Japan's delegate, Ryo Fukahori, regretted that progress was not being made by the commission and the Conference on Disarmament held in Geneva last month. He stressed that cooperation between states that possess arms and those that do not was essential for the end goal to be reached. He stated that nuclear weapon states should have transparency measures of their programs.

Fukahori invited all colleagues to visit Hiroshima or Nagasaki in order to cement the understanding of the humanitarian costs that nuclear weapons have and why global non-proliferation is essential for international security.

A representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) stated that the country possesses these kinds of weapons in response to what he called "hostile policies of the U.S. against" North Korea. The delegate from the Republic of Korea rebutted this claim, stating that the DPRK was obliged to abandon nuclear programs due to international Security Council Resolutions.

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