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Director-General of the Department of Arms Control of the Foreign Ministry Fu Cong Attends Webinar on Nuclear Disarmament of United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

2020/08/28

On August 27, 2020, Director-General of the Department of Arms Control of the Foreign Ministry Fu Cong attended upon invitation a webinar on nuclear disarmament of United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and delivered a keynote speech.

Fu Cong expressed, the United States has currently rehashed the Cold War mentality to serve its own interests, provoked confrontation among major countries in the field of strategic security, increased investment in upgrading its nuclear arsenals and lowered the threshold for using nuclear weapons, which has seriously damaged the global and regional strategic security environment and eroded the international nuclear disarmament system. The international community should adhere to the consensus on nuclear disarmament that the US and Russia, as the two countries possessing the largest and most advanced nuclear arsenals, bear special and primary responsibilities on nuclear disarmament, and safeguard the nuclear disarmament system based on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The US side should actively respond to the Russian side's call for unconditional extension of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), and further substantially reduce nuclear weapons on this basis, so as to create conditions for other nuclear-weapon states to join in. At present, it is neither realistic nor reasonable to ask the Chinese side to participate in the China-US-Russia trilateral arms control negotiations. The Chinese side clearly opposes it.

Fu Cong said, the five nuclear-weapon states have a special responsibility in maintaining global strategic stability. They should abandon the wrong practice of politicizing nuclear disarmament, exercise restraint in the construction and deployment of strategic forces, reiterate the concept that "nuclear wars can never be won and must never be fought", pledge not to target their nuclear weapons against any countries, conclude a multilateral treaty on "no-first-use of nuclear weapons against one another", and strengthen dialogues on a wide variety of issues including nuclear policy and nuclear strategy, missile defense, outer space, new technology, so as to make practical efforts to maintain global strategic stability.

The webinar was co-organized by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu, and President-designate of the Tenth NPT Review Conference and Deputy Foreign Minister of Argentina Gustavo Zlauvinen attended and delivered speeches. More than 130 people were present, including representatives from UN member states and non-governmental organizations, experts and scholars.

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