U.S. Ambassador to UN: World Nuclear Ban “Not Realistic”

“Is there anyone that believes that North Korea would agree to a ban on nuclear weapons?” – Nikki Haley

As nearly 40 countries stayed away from talks on the subject, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley said that a world nuclear ban would simply not be “realistic.”

The Britain, France, and the U.S. were among the countries that skipped the UN meeting to discuss the new treaty.

More than 120 countries endorsed the plan for the new legally binding nuclear ban, but U.S. envoy said that nuclear arms were required because of national security and because of the existence of “bad actors” who could not be trusted.

This is what she said to the reporters:

“There is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons. But we have to be realistic. Is there anyone that believes that North Korea would agree to a ban on nuclear weapons?”

Despite warnings from the international community, North Korea has remained defiant; it recently conducted a ballistic missile test.

The UN meeting to discuss the legally binding ban was announced in October last year.

United States, France, Britain, Russia, and Israel voted “no” to the nuclear ban treaty, while India, Pakistan, and China abstained.

The only country to have suffered atomic attacks in 1945 – Japan – also voted against the talks.

Ms. Haley pointed attention towards the 40 countries that were missing from the General Assembly, and claimed that it’s possible to promise the populace of safety by allowing the bad actors to have the nuclear weapon while good ones trying to “keep peace and safety, and not to have them [nuclear weapon]”

Countries like the U.S. and the U.K who didn’t attend the meeting remain committed to Non-proliferation Treaty, which came into effect in 1970 and is aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapon and technology.

Sweden, who is leading the calls for a total ban “leading towards the total elimination,” along with other countries like Ireland, Austria, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa expect this would take a long time.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said at the UN last week:

“Let’s not be naïve. But it’s very important in these days, when you see more of this rhetoric, and also sort of power demonstrations, including threatening to use nuclear weapons.”