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Viet Nam backs treaty on nuclear non-proliferation

Update: April, 07/2012 - 09:20

NEW YORK — Viet Nam considered the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as the foundation for a global nuclear non-proliferation mechanism, said a senior Vietnamese diplomat.

The statement was made by Ambassador Pham Vinh Quang, deputy head of the Vietnamese delegation to the United Nations, at a debate held by the UN's Disarmament Commission (UNDC) in New York on Thursday.

Ambassador Quang underlined the important role the UN disarmament conference played and called for a comprehensive plan of action to deal with the issue as soon as possible.

All countries should work together to implement the ‘Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty' (CTBT), and follow the detailed disarmament schedules, he said, adding that negotiations on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation must begin to prevent a nuclear war and to halt the nuclear arms race.

Quang emphasised the right of countries to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, adding that Viet Nam recognised all multilateral treaties on banning weapons of mass destruction and pledged to actively contribute to the work carried out by the UN's disarmament agencies. — VNS

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