A Vietnamese official has reiterated to the United Unions that Vietnam supports the pivotal role of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that includes nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN made the reiteration in her speech at the General Debate of the First Committee of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on October 13, emphasizing Vietnam’s support for a nuclear weapon-free world, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
Towards the goal of general and complete disarmament, nuclear disarmament should remain the top priority, the Ambassador said.
“We are heartened by recent efforts toward this end, including the recent Informal Ministerial Meeting in commemoration of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, and recent meetings on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons,” she said.
All states need to accelerate efforts to address outstanding issues related to nuclear disarmament, including consultations on a nuclear disarmament convention, negotiations of a legally binding instrument on negative security assurances, and the initiation of negotiation of a fissile material treaty, the diplomat said.
She also called for more signatures and ratifications of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty as soon as possible, especially those by states whose ratifications are necessary for the Treaty to enter into force.
The ambassador also called for strict and rapid implementation of the 64-point Action Plan adopted at the 2010 NPT Review Conference.
She warned that as the 2015 NPT Review Conference is nearing, which will be held in New York from April 27 to May 22, 2015, more serious commitment and practical achievements are badly needed if the world is to produce good results before the event takes place.
She affirmed that ASEAN countries including Vietnam always attach great importance to the Treaty on Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapons Free Zone and is working closely with the nuclear weapons states with a view to concluding negotiations on the signing by the Nuclear Weapons States (NWS) of the Protocol to the Treaty without reservations.