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Let us strengthen the cornerstone of our efforts to ensure a world free of nuclear weapons. Minister Stewart at the UN General Assembly

Thank you Mr President

Mr. Tochicki,

We salute you, we salute the Ukrainian people, when you stand against aggression and oppression.

This Tenth Review Conference is long overdue, so I am pleased that we have finally come together to advance this vital work.

The United Kingdom remains firmly committed to fulfilling its obligations under the Treaty.

That includes Article 6 and our ultimate goal of a world without nuclear weapons.

This contract is the only way to that end.

Let me reiterate the United Kingdom’s unequivocal commitment to achieving the complete elimination of our nuclear arsenal, alongside that of other nuclear-weapon states.

Our national report published last November outlines what we have done to implement the Treaty since 2015.

It shows that we take our responsibilities as a nuclear-weapon state seriously and that we are committed to transparency and accountability.

Since the Cold War, Britain has dramatically reduced its nuclear arsenal, while zeroing out and de-escalating those that remain.

We are the only nuclear weapon state that has reduced our deterrent capability to a single delivery system. Indeed, ours is the smallest stockpile of the recognized nuclear states.

The UK will continue to play a leading role in disarmament, driving verification efforts, protecting transparency and promoting risk reduction.

We will continue to press for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the negotiation of a Fissile Material Reduction Treaty at the Conference on Disarmament.

But as you all know, we must face the growing challenges to international security.

Last year the UK published our Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

It described a deteriorating global security environment, increased competition, technological disruption and challenges to the international order.

Since then, of course, we have witnessed Russia’s unprovoked and deliberate attack on Ukraine, a sovereign, democratic, non-nuclear weapon state.

The United Kingdom continues to stand by Ukraine.

Russia’s actions and irresponsible rhetoric raise questions about its adherence to international law and compliance with its obligations, not treaty obligations.

At the same time, we are deeply concerned that Iran and the DPRK continue to expand their nuclear programs despite calls to engage in diplomacy.

Today, we issued a joint ministerial statement with France and the USA. This reaffirmed our January statement, which you will all remember, to prevent nuclear war with other nuclear-weapon states. We also reiterated our commitment to honoring our national security assurances when they are issued.

We will work with all participating states to reduce the risk of nuclear conflict and strengthen mutual trust.

Much of the Treaty’s success in limiting the nuclear arms race is due to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s safeguards regime.

The UK will continue to defend this regime and indeed the Agency, while working to strengthen nuclear security by ratifying key conventions.

We remain committed to nuclear-weapon-free zones. We have signed and ratified Protocols for Latin America and the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Africa and Central Asia. We are ready to do this for Southeast Asia as soon as possible.

As 1995 regarding the Middle East. co-sponsor of the resolution, we remain committed to a zone free of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, based on freely agreed agreements of all countries in the region.

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty provides a framework for the safe, secure and protected transfer of peaceful nuclear technology.

These technologies have the potential to improve lives around the world, especially in the least developed countries.

That is why the United Kingdom, along with the United States, is consulting with States Parties on improving the peaceful uses of these technologies.

We would like to see a new Sustainable Dialogue that brings fresh perspectives and identifies new opportunities to support peaceful uses in a range of areas.

At this review conference, the United Kingdom calls on all States Parties to work towards a meaningful outcome from all three pillars of the Treaty.

Let’s be optimistic. Let’s celebrate the NPT and renew our support for it. Let’s strengthen it as a cornerstone of our efforts to ensure a world free of nuclear weapons.

Let us strengthen the cornerstone of our efforts to ensure a world free of nuclear weapons. Minister Stewart at the UN General Assembly

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