This occurred in the speech given by the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom to the United Nations, Ambassador Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasel, during the plenary session of the Tenth Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference held at the headquarters of the Nations. United in New York.
At the beginning of the speech, Ambassador Al-Wasel thanked the President of the 10th Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, for his efforts to establish the conference and for effective coordination between groups of countries, despite the exceptional circumstances. resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic which prevented the conference from taking place on the previously scheduled date, underlining the Kingdom’s determination to make every effort to cooperate with the conference and other delegations, with the aim of making the work of the conference a success and achieve results that renew the hope to include the concerns of all States parties and promote the achievement of the objectives of this treaty.
He explained that, based on the deep belief of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that peaceful cooperation between states is one of the fundamental measures to achieve prosperity, prosperity and stability in the world, the Kingdom attaches great importance to the nuclear non-proliferation regime, since this treaty is its cornerstone leading to the universality of the treaty and the full implementation of its provisions aiming at a world free of nuclear weapons.
Ambassador Al-Wasel stressed that the Kingdom appreciates the important role of the International Atomic Energy Agency and its Director-General for the distinct efforts and initiatives in developing the Agency’s capabilities. in a way that enhances its role in the verification and monitoring of peaceful nuclear programs of the states party to the treaty, underlining the inherent right of the states parties to the treaty to the peaceful use of atomic energy in compliance with its provisions.
He said: “My country is committed to its national politics, which emphasizes the highest standard transparency and accountability for the development of peaceful uses of atomic energy in various fields, including its national project for atomic energy, and the importance of nuclear states. “commitment to one of the foundations of the treaty by making nuclear technology available to states parties to the treaty, without additional requirements outside the treaty . ” The framework of the treaty and the provisions or restrictions that deprive it of the right to peaceful nuclear technology.
He reiterated the importance of States’ commitment to the Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty, underlining the role of the United Nations General Assembly in calling on non-party states to join swiftly and to place all their nuclear facilities under the Global Safeguard System of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Ambassador Al-Wasel added: “The responsibility to rid the Middle East of nuclear weapons is a collective responsibility at the international level and the 1995 Resolution on the Middle East is an integral part of other resolutions that led to the adoption of the extension to indefinite Treaty decision In this context, the 1995 Middle East Resolution is valid until its implementation and the full achievement of its objectives.
He continued: “My country reiterates its regret that it did not hold the 2012 conference foreseen in the Middle East Action Plan in the final document of the 2010 Treaty Review Conference, which constitutes a violation of the review process and of the agreed obligations, and this decision is one of the solutions that the international community should activate in The inability of other international cadres, in particularly the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, to stop Iran’s threatening practices for non-proliferation in the region, as well as the failure to achieve the universality of the Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty, with Israel’s continued refusal to join it, and this represents an obstacle that cannot be ignored, because The origin of this treaty is that it provides non-nuclear countries with a security guarantee that atomic energy will not be used in improper manner for arming purposes, a guarantee that is missing in Middle East As long as Israel refuses to join it, it will subject all its nuclear facilities to the global safeguard system of the International Atomic Energy Agency and refuse to implement relevant international resolutions and ignore the decisions of the NPT review conferences.
He stressed the need to address the proliferation of nuclear weapons in Middle East and the need to address it, as the threat is not limited to the region alone, but to the whole world.
Ambassador Al-Wasel also once again expressed the Kingdom’s aspiration to make this conference a success and to address the concerns of countries in the Middle East region, in particular, and of the world in general, in order to achieve the paceprosperity and stability for all.