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Asia Pacific Leaders Call for New Focus on Eliminating Nuclear Weapons

Asia Pacific Leaders Call for New Focus on Eliminating Nuclear Weapons

Twenty-five political diplomatic, military and scientific leaders from 14 Asia Pacific countries signed on to a new Asia Pacific Leadership Network statement expressing concern about the loss of momentum in efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons. The leaders' statement also highlighted the need to focus energy and political will on both non-proliferation and disarmament by regional and world political leaders.

"Further negotiations on U.S.-Russia nuclear arms reduction are stalled. There is no sign of progress in bringing into force the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. There has been zero progress on breaking the Geneva negotiating stalemate on a new treaty to ban production of fissile material for nuclear weapons, and if anything an acceleration of nuclear weapons programs by nuclear-armed states in our own region," the leaders said, after a two-day meeting in Singapore hosted by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

"The nuclear-armed states – led by the U.S. and Russia, who between them possess 95 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons – must get serious about their disarmament commitments, recognize that disarmament and non-proliferation are inextricably connected, and take strong and persistent action in all relevant areas, including constraints on nuclear testing and fissile material production."

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