Biggest obstacle to nuclear non-proliferation is lack of progress in nuclear disarmament: Costa Rica

10:08, May 06, 2010      

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Costa Rica on Wednesday said one of the biggest obstacles to a nuclear non-proliferation has been the lack of progress in nuclear disarmament.

This statement came as Jorge Urbina-Ortega, the Costa Rican ambassador to the United Nations, was addressing the conference to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which entered its third day here Wednesday.

"We all know that one of the biggest obstacles for the consolidation of the nuclear non-proliferation regime has been the lack of progress in nuclear disarmament," he said.

Urbina-Ortega said while advances have been made in the reduction of nuclear weapon have been "almost irrelevant," trillions of dollars were spent on vertical proliferation.

"What was originally conceived as a symbolic process aimed at simultaneously invigorating disarmament and non-proliferation has in effect become a source of weakness for both processes," he said.

He added that the justification of governments and military establishment in their possession of weapons are a "greater threat than any other they intend to confront."

Voicing Costa Rican support in the strengthening of the non- proliferation regime, Urbina-Ortega said it was important to better promote the principles of transparency, irreversibility and verification of disarmament activities to the table.

"The growing reluctance of some states to accept unrestricted verification must move the international community to adopt procedures that build trust between nations while giving precedence to the interests of all," he urged.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:赵晨雁)

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