published: 26.09.2013, 18:32 | updated: 26.09.2013 18:33:21
New York - The world will only get rid of nuclear weapons if the international community evenly applies the strategy of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation of atomic arms, Czech outgoing Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok said at a United Nations conference on nuclear disarmament today.
The Czech Republic wants the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) to take effect as fast as possible, Rusnok said.
He said the nuclear tests conducted by North Korea had shown that it was necessary for the treaty to strengthen the international security architecture.
Rusnok said the Czech Republic called on all countries to drop any activities contradicting the treaty's spirit.
Adopted in 1996, the CTBT has been signed by over 150 United Nations members. Its ratification has been rejected by some countries such as China, Iran, North Korea, Israel and the USA.
Rusnok said the Czech Republic backed an immediate opening of the talks on another treaty that was to ban the production of fission material for nuclear arms and other nuclear explosive devices.
The world must do more for nuclear disarmament as the past two decades have shown a limited efficiency of not only the CTB, but also of disarmament control, Rusnok said.
He said there were mainly reserves in the control of the weapons of mass destruction and technology of missiles.
Rusnok said the Czech Republic would still advocate peaceful uses of nuclear energy, but this depended on the observance of all rules for non-proliferation of nuclear arms.
He said the Czech Republic certainly did not intend to dispute the rights of any country.
However, it considers it unacceptable for some countries not to observe internationally concluded and acknowledged standards to which they had acceded.
Rusnok said the Czech Republic believed they threaten regional stability and increase the risk of proliferation of nuclear arms.
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