KUWAIT (Dispatches) – Kuwait says it considers freeing the Middle East of nuclear weapons a goal that will not be conceded to achieve security, safety and stability in the region, calling on the Zionist regime to join the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
In a speech delivered by Second Secretary of Kuwait’s Diplomatic Mission at the UN Ibrahim al-Dai during the second committee of the 10th conference of reviewing the NPT, the official stressed the need to adhere to the outcomes of the review conferences of the years 1995, 2000 and 2010, especially with regard to establishing a Middle East free of such weapons.
“The commitment of the non-nuclear-weapon states, parties to the Treaty, to their non-proliferation responsibilities is the best evidence of these states’ belief in the dangers of nuclear weapons,” noting the importance of continuing this commitment.
He also stressed the necessity and importance of achieving the universality of the treaty and called on all non-member states to accede as soon as possible in order to achieve its universality. He noted that Kuwait contributed to the efforts that prompted Arab countries to implement the 1955 resolution and establish a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.
According to KUNA, Kuwait’s official news agency, al-Daei referred to the necessity of “submitting all nuclear facilities and programs to the comprehensive safeguards system of the International Atomic Energy Agency.”
The remarks come days after Saudi Arabia raised concerns about the Zionist regime’s refusal to join the United Nations nuclear non-proliferation treaty, saying it was an obstacle to achieving peace in the region.
The warning was a rare moment of Saudi criticism of the Zionist regime.
Saudi Arabia’s new permanent representative to the United Nations, Abdulaziz al-Wasil, made the comments during a conference to review the UN’s Non-Proliferation Treaty.
“There is Israel’s continuing refusal to accede to the [Non-Proliferation Treaty] and this is a grave obstacle” for nuclear disarmament, Wasil said.
“The aim of the treaty is for non-nuclear states to be able to enjoy security guarantees in terms of the recourse to atomic energy and the use of atomic energy,” Wasil said.
“Israel is refusing to respect international resolutions on this and is ignoring all recommendations and decisions from the NPT.”
The NPT is an accord that was created in 1970 to work towards peaceful nuclear energy programs and pursue nuclear disarmament around the world. A total of 191 countries have joined the pact, including all five countries that have nuclear weapons.