NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 21 – Almost 50 years ago the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty entered into force. Thanks to collective efforts, it has become a pillar of our collective security, the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Angelino Alfano, told the UN Security Council today, during a high level meeting attended by US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.
During all these years Italy has been a champion of this treaty, Alfano said, calling non-proliferation “a fundamental good that the international community and the Security Council have to preserve”.
The Italian Minister compared two cases: North Korea and Iran. “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has caused one of the biggest crises of our times. Its nuclear and missile program is a very serious threat to peace and security and we have to stand firm and united to defend Non-Proliferation, which is a common good for all of us, and a guarantee of peace, security, and stability”.
Italy has condemned Pyongyang’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan on the fifteenth of September, as well as all missile and nuclear tests. With Resolution 2375, the Council sent a clear and strong message: further attempts of the regime to defy the United Nations will backfire. “If North Korea wants to step back from self-isolation, it must stop developing its missile and nuclear program”, said Alfano.
A different story is Iran. “The Iran nuclear deal has delivered gains for global security by imposing strict limits on Teheran’s nuclear program. And in return we have lifted the sanctions. It’s a good example of effective diplomacy and smart sanctions”, Alfano said.
Reaching the deal was just the beginning. “Now, we must continue to ensure that Iran does not sway off the path of nuclear non-proliferation. Italy, as Security Council Facilitator of Resolution 2231, will continue to foster the smooth implementation of this crucial Resolution, said Alfano, expressing concern for Iran’s missile tests, which seem inconsistent with the spirit if not the letter of Resolution 2231: “This can worsen regional instability and can put at risk the progress made so far”. (@OnuItalia)