UN chief warns of reverse in nuclear disarmament

Added On September 28, 2019

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he fears global progress made in reducing the danger of nuclear weapons has come to a halt and may be going in reverse.
The UN chief made the remarks at an event to mark the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, which falls on Thursday.
SOUNDBITE (English): ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General
"Much progress has been made in reducing the danger of nuclear weapons, largely under the leadership of the nuclear-weapon states, especially those possessing the world's largest arsenals. Sadly, I fear that not only has that progress come to a halt, it is going in reverse."
With the expiration of the landmark Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty last month, the UN chief said the world lost an invaluable brake on nuclear war.
Guterres asked countries possessing nuclear weapons to engage in urgent dialogue, prevent their use and agree on near-term practical steps for achieving nuclear disarmament.