NEW YORK, OCTOBER 4 – The opening of the annual session of the First Committee of the General Assembly is occurring at a particularly troubling time for the cause of disarmament, Ambassador Vinicio Mati noted in his address to the General Debate. Italy is in particulare extremely concerned by the situation in the Korean peninsula, the Permanent Representative to the Conference of Disarmament.
“We strongly condemn the DPRK’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and recurrent tests, as serious breaches of multiple UNSC Resolutions and as a growing challenge to the global non-proliferation regime, and a clear threat to international peace and securit”, Mati said renewing the call on the DPRK to immediately abandon the development of all its existing nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner.
“We urge the DPRK to return at an early date to the NPT and IAEA Safeguards as well as to sign and ratify the CTBT. Italy will continue to do its part in pursuing a firm and cohesive response of the international community to this challenge”, the Ambassador said adding that the current crisis in the Korean Peninsula “adds a sense of urgency to our efforts to take forward our joint disarmament and non-proliferation goals. We remain convinced that multilateralism and international cooperation are crucial to effective and long-term results in these fields”.
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