The U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations (UN), Nikki Haley said that the international community is missing the opportunity to abandon nuclear weapons, in particular, because of the actions of the DPRK. She stated this to journalists before the conference opening of the UN General Assembly to develop a Convention on the complete prohibition of nuclear weapons, reports Reuters.
“At the present time and in this situation we, unfortunately, can’t honestly say that without nuclear weapons to protect our people, allowing bad actors to have it [a nuclear weapon. — ] as for those of us who are trying to maintain peace and security,” the envoy said.
The American diplomat underlined that her biggest desire is able to allow her family to live in a world without nuclear weapons. “But we have to be realistic. Is there anyone who believes that North Korea will agree to abandon nuclear weapons?” added Haley.
The envoy added that the conference to elaborate a Convention on the prohibition of nuclear weapons will not be attended by almost 40 countries, including the US, UK and France. The talks also present the representatives of Russia and China. These countries, according to Nikki Haley, “I would like to have a ban on nuclear weapons”, but recognize that today, not to protect its citizens.
The President of the United States Donald trump believes that Washington should increase its nuclear capability. In an interview with Reuters in late February, he stressed that he wants to increase the number of nuclear weapons in service with the us army. “I am the first who would like to see that no one had nuclear weapons. But we will never lag behind in any country, even if it is a friendly country, we will never keep up with nuclear energy,” said trump.
Earlier, on March 23, Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that Russia is ready to discuss reducing the nuclear Arsenal. At the same time, the Minister noted that such negotiations should be conducted “taking into account all factors.” The negotiations in the UN General Assembly Moscow boycotted because it considered them untimely.