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World unsafe as long as nuclear weapons loom large

(Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Kumar Gyawali addressing a meeting on complete disarmament of nuclear weapons during the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations on Saturday morning. Photo courtesy: Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations in New York)

KATHMANDU:- Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali stressed that financial resources spent on nuclear weapons should be diverted to achieving the sustainable development goals for the overall security and wellbeing of humanity at large.
In his pre-recorded video address to the ‘High-level Meeting to Commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons’ earlier today, the Foreign Minister said the world would never be a safer place as long as the specter of nuclear weapons loomed large.
Referring to the devastation caused by the current pandemic, he cautioned that nuclear explosion – whether accidental or intentional – could claim more lives within a wink of an eye. “The scientific race for vaccines has kept our hope alive to win the war against COVID-19. But no vaccine will save us from the nuclear catastrophe,” he contended.
The Foreign Minister reiterated Nepal’s call for a time-bound, general, and complete disarmament of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. He stated that nuclear technology should be harnessed for peaceful purposes of promoting health care, increasing agricultural productivity, and saving lives. He described peaceful use of nuclear energy and the complete disarmament as the two sides of the same coin.
The event held on the margins of the 75th Session of UN General Assembly featured a total of 110 speakers including 15 Heads of State/Government and 64 Ministers.

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