KUWAIT REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO NPT OBJECTIVES

NEW YORK, May 1 — Kuwait Permanent Representative to the UN Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi on Thursday reaffirmed Kuwait’s unshaken commitment to the outcomes of conferences on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

Delivering his country’s statement to the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), Ambassador Al-Otaibi said Kuwait believes in the central role of the NPT in promoting international peace and security.

Kuwait attaches greats importance to the efforts meant to realize the objectives of the NPT and ensure peaceful use of nuclear energy, he stressed.

The current conference coincides with delicate conditions with the focus being place, unlike the last session five years ago, on the viability of the denuclearization efforts rather than the best ways to do so, Al-Otaibi said.

He urged the nuclear powers to double efforts to reduce their arsenals in keeping with their respective commitments to the relevant bilateral and multi-lateral accords, as a prelude to ridding the world of these serious weapons of mass destruction.

The nuclear powers must, in the meantime, give the non-nuclear countries sufficient assurances that they will not use or threaten to use their nuclear powers against the latter pursuant to the NPT provisions, he said.

In this connection, Kuwait welcomes the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached in in Lausanne, Switzerland, in early April by Iran and the P5 1 regarding Iran’s nuclear program, ambassador Al-Otaibi went on.

Kuwait calls on Iran to cooperate in a more transparent way with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with a view to applying the nuclear safeguards and removing ambiguity shrouding its nuclear program.

Kuwait, as well as other countries of the Gulf region, hopes that the framework JCPOA will lead to a final agreement between Iran and the P5 1 by June 30, 2015, he added.

The Review Conference, being held between April 27 and May 22, at the UN Hq here under the chairmanship of Ambassador Taous Feroukhi, of Algeria, aims to consider, inter alia, the universality of the NPT, the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, strengthening the nuclear safeguards, and measures to advance the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

The NPT is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament.

SOURCE: KUNA