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Kenya calls on nuclear-weapon states to adopt disarmament obligations

Kenya, through Ambassador Mike Kiboin, has urged the nine countries possessing nuclear weapons to fulfill their disarmament obligations.

Currently, nuclear weapon states include: the United States, Russia, France, China, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, India, Israel and North Korea.

Kiboino made the call at the United Nations Disarmament Commission held in May 2024, where he highlighted Kenya’s commitment to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

According to the ambassador, this is the only path to a world without nuclear weapons.

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“Kiboino stressed the importance of cooperation among member states to overcome obstacles to advancing the disarmament agenda, while highlighting the risks posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and emerging technologies,” he was quoted as saying. .

Calling on the United States, China and other nuclear-armed countries to achieve disarmament, he also outlined how other countries could benefit from nuclear energy.

Kiboino noted that the world’s superpowers should respect the desire of developing countries to engage in nuclear research.

Kenya is at an advanced stage of building a nuclear reactor, seen as a cheap alternative to electricity in the long term.

Kenya’s call for nuclear disarmament is based on the principle that nuclear weapons pose a threat to global peace and security.

There have been tensions for two decades between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea’s determination to advance its nuclear program.

Additionally, the existence of nuclear weapons is a security concern in East Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

As such, Kenya, through Ambassador Kiboino, urged all nations to support the United Nations Disarmament Commission, which aims to foster international cooperation to end the nuclear threat.

“He called for a comprehensive approach that balances innovation with responsible governance and oversight to mitigate associated risks,” it was reported.

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