NEW YORK, (KUNA): Kuwait reaffirmed its commitment for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to ensure regional stability and security.
This came during a speech by First Secretary in Kuwait’s permanent mission to the UN Jawaher Al-Sabah during the discussion of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s report before the UN General Assembly.
She stressed the importance of Israel joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, especially as it is the only non-party in the region and all its facilities should be subjected to IAEA’s comprehensive safeguards system. “This year marks the 55th anniversary of Kuwait’s accession to IAEA, where it continues to work closely with various IAEA departments and benefit from its programs,” she said.
The anniversary coincides with Kuwait winning membership of the Board of Governors at the (IAEA) for 2019-2021; for fifth time, which reaffirms the confidence of the international community in Kuwait’s balanced policy, she noted
The membership comes in recognition of the role of Kuwait and its active participation in various activities of the Agency since 1964, as it pledges to strengthen technical and professional work with its Council in order to reach the aspirations of member states, she added.
In November 2018, Kuwait hosted one of the six regional sessions organized by the IAEA on the security of radioactive sources for the Asia-Pacific region, she pointed out. It also hosted the signing of the Convention on practical arrangements to support cooperation in the field of monitoring and protection of the marine environment, and reached an agreement with Environmental and Life Sciences Research Center, she noted On the global level, Al-Sabah expressed Kuwait’s strong condemnation for any nuclear tests that contribute to undermining human safety and any provocation or action that would harm international peace and security. In this regard, she called on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to abide by relevant international treaties and Security Council resolutions, welcoming the recent dialogue steps that should lead to stability in the Korean Peninsula.
On the other hand, Kuwait is following up periodic reports issued by the Director General of the IAEA on the status of implementation of Security Council Resolution 2231 on Iran’s nuclear program, she noted. She stressed the importance of Iran continuing to fulfill its nuclear obligations stipulated in the joint work plan, expressing its aspiration to ratify and implement the Additional Protocol.
She also affirmed the right of all countries to produce, develop, and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes within the framework of the NPT. Al-Sabah reaffirmed Kuwait’s commitment to continue its support to the IAEA to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, calling to face world crises, strengthening nuclear security, and achieve peace and stability.