UN chief welcomes joint statement by nuclear-weapon states
UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday welcomed the nuclear-weapon states' joint statement on the prevention of nuclear war and avoidance of arms races, said his spokesman.
"The secretary-general appreciates the recognition by the nuclear-weapon states of their need to comply with their bilateral and multilateral non-proliferation, disarmament, and arms control agreements and commitments, including their binding obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons related to nuclear disarmament," said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman, in a statement.
Guterres is encouraged by the nuclear-weapon states' commitment to prevent nuclear war, and looks forward to further details about future initiatives, said the statement.
The only way to eliminate all nuclear risks is to eliminate all nuclear weapons, the statement said, adding that Guterres is willing to work with the nuclear-weapon states and all UN member states to achieve this goal as soon as possible. Enditem