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REYKJAVIK – At an IPI seminar in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 11, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said via video, “I would like to emphasize something, with all the emotions I have in my soul: the worst thing that has happened over the past few years is the collapse of trust in relations between the major powers, which, according to the UN Charter, bear primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security, and which still have enormous stockpiles of nuclear weapons and must reduce them, up to and including their elimination.”
Top UN officials in nuclear disarmament affairs have welcomed the adoption, today by the Security Council, of a resolution that they hope, will “strengthen the norm against” nuclear testing. Mr. Kim Won-soo, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), were speaking to the press at the UN headquarters, shortly after the Council voted on a resolution urging countries to refrain from any nuclear testing, and those that have not signed or ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty – which was adopted 20 years ago – to do so.
Press Briefing by Erlan Idrissov, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan on 29 August 2016 in Astana with questions by Ramesh Jaura DG & Chief Editor IDN-INPS. Filmed & Edited by Katsuhiro Asagiri, Bureau Chief INPS Japan.
At the 25th UN Conference on Disarmament Issues in Hiroshima 26-28 August 2015, International Press Syndicate interviewed Ambassador Kazutoshi Aikawa, Director-General, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on joint move with Kazakhstan to facilitate the entry into force of the CTBT, and planned nuclear disarmament initiatives.
At the 25th UN Conference on Disarmament Issues in Hiroshima 26-28 August 2015, International Press Syndicate interviewed Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala, President of Pugwash Conferences on Science & World Affairs, former UN Under Secretary General for Disarmament Affairs on: How to find a short-cut to CTBT waiting in the wings for 20 years?
At the 25th UN Conference on Disarmament Issues in Hiroshima 26-28 August 2015, International Press Syndicate interviewed Ambassador Sérgio de Queiroz Duarte, former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, President of 2005 NPT Review Conference, on the need for patience in achieving ambitious goals.