Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
2018 United Nations News
2018 Global Special Weapons News
- Time has come to rid the world of nuclear weapons, UN officials stress UN News 26 Sep 2018 -- The time has come to make tangible progress to rid the world of nuclear weapons, top United Nations officials stressed today, citing the grave threat posed by such weapons to global security.
- At UN Security Council, world leaders debate Iran, North Korea sanctions and non-proliferation UN News 26 Sep 2018 -- President Donald Trump told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday that the United States would impose sanctions on Iran that would be "tougher than ever before" in the coming months, following its unilateral withdrawal earlier this year from the deal brokered to restrict Iran's nuclear programme, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
- Remarks by President Trump to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly | New York, NY The White House 25 Sep 2018
- US President Trump rejects globalism in speech to UN General Assembly's annual debate UN News 25 Sep 2018 -- Taking the podium of the United Nations General Assembly, the world Organization that embodies greater global cooperation, United States President Donald Trump told scores of Heads of State and Government on Tuesday that his country rejects the ideology of globalism, both generally and in relation to international justice and the migration crisis.
- In his UN address, Trump urges world to isolate Iran Press TV 25 Sep 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has used his second address to the United Nations General Assembly to attack Iran, promising hard-hitting sanctions and urging the world to isolate the Islamic Republic.
- Trump Urges 'All Nations To Isolate' Iran, Tehran Accuses U.S. Of 'Economic Terrorism' RFE/RL 25 Sep 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has called at the United Nations General Assembly for "all nations to isolate" the Iranian government for as long as its leadership continues policies of "aggression" in the Middle East and beyond.
- Trump Threatens Syria, Slams Iran in UN General Assembly Address Sputnik 25 Sep 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has wrapped up his address before the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
- Trump Calls on World Leaders to 'Isolate' Iran VOA 25 Sep 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has called on world leaders gathered at the U.N. General Assembly to "isolate Iran's regime as long as its aggression continues," accusing Iranian leaders of sowing "chaos, death and destruction."
- UN chief warns of 'increasingly chaotic' world order Press TV 25 Sep 2018 -- United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has issued a stark warning of growing chaos and confusion as the rules-based global order comes under a threat of breaking down.
- 'Our future rests in solidarity,' commitment to rules-based order, UN chief tells world leaders UN News 25 Sep 2018 -- Facing a world where trust – trust in national institutions, trust among States and trust in the rules-based global order – is at a breaking point, Secretary-General António Guterres set the stage for the 73rd general debate of the United Nations with a call to rebuild solidarity, repair broken trust and reinvigorate the spirit of multilateralism.
- 'Multilateralism is the only answer to the challenges we face,' UN Assembly President tells world leaders UN News 25 Sep 2018 -- With a call to multilateralism and shared work towards sustainable development and equality for all, María Fernanda Espinosa formally inaugurated the seventy-third general debate of the of the United Nations General Assembly.
- Pursue comprehensive, just solutions instead of managing crises, Qatari Amir tells world leaders at UN Assembly UN News 25 Sep 2018 -- The international community needs to go beyond "managing crises" and instead pursue comprehensive and just solutions, guided by international law and norms, if it is to achieve global security and stability, the leader of Qatar said at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
- 'Old forms of intolerance are being rekindled,' unilateralism re-emerging, Brazil warns at UN Assembly UN News 25 Sep 2018 -- The first Head of State to address the seventy-third general debate of the United Nations General Assembly, Michel Temer, President of Brazil, denounced the rising tide of isolationism, intolerance and unilateralism that was challenging international order.
- Bring the United Nations closer to the people, urges Assembly President in her inaugural speech UN News 18 Sep 2018 -- The new session of the United Nations General Assembly opened on Wednesday with its President pledging to use her year in office to bring the world body closer to the people and strengthen their sense of ownership and support for the UN.
- 'Legally binding' nuclear-test ban essential to prevent 'catastrophic impact' says UN chief UN News 06 Sep 2018 -- On the annual observance of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, Secretary-General António Guterres has highlighted the "inextricable connection" between testing and eliminating nuclear weapons across the world.
- Nuclear test ban treaty critical to global collective security - UN chief UN News 29 Aug 2018 -- Every effort should be made to bring a global treaty into force that prevents more countries from developing nuclear weapons, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said.
- Former UN Chief Kofi Annan Dead At 80 RFE/RL 18 Aug 2018 -- Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has died at the age of 80 of an unspecified illness.
- UN mourns death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, 'a guiding force for good' UN News 18 Aug 2018 -- The United Nations is mourning the death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away peacefully after a short illness, according to a statement published on his official Twitter account on Saturday. The renowned Ghanaian diplomat was 80 years old.
- Former UN Leader Kofi Annan Dead at 80 VOA 18 Aug 2018 -- Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general of the United Nations has died. He was 80 years old.
- As Hiroshima observes 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing, UN notes 'stalled' progress on nuclear disarmament UN News 06 Aug 2018 -- The world needs the continued moral leadership of the people of Hiroshima, the top United Nations disarmament official said on Monday, commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing that devastated the city while lamenting that after decades of momentum towards a nuclear-free world, "progress has stalled."
- Japanese PM Confirms Tokyo's Non-Participation in Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Sputnik 06 Aug 2018 -- On Monday Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe noted that Tokyo has not reversed its decision on non-participation in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), while marking the 73rd anniversary of the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
- Lavrov warns Russia might withdraw from OPCW Press TV 30 Jun 2018 -- Russia has warned that it could withdraw from the global chemical weapons watchdog after member states voted to allow the group to assign responsibility for chemical weapon use.
- Russia Says It Does Not Recognize Chemical Watchdog's Expanded Powers RFE/RL 29 Jun 2018 -- Moscow does not recognize new powers the international community has given to the global chemical-weapons watchdog to identify who is responsible for chemical-weapons attacks, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said.
- OPCW's new power attempt to politicize its work: Syria Press TV 29 Jun 2018 -- The Syrian government has denounced a recent decision made by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the world's chemical watchdog, to empower itself to assign blame for alleged chemical attacks.
- OPCW gains power to assign guilt for chemical attacks after UK proposal Press TV 28 Jun 2018 -- The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has gained new powers to apportion blame for attacks under a Britain-drafted proposal despite opposition from Russia, which argues the move goes beyond the mandate of the watchdog.
- OPCW Members Agree to Expand Its Role to Attributing Blame for Chemical Attacks Sputnik 28 Jun 2018 -- Members of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have approved the UK-tabled draft motion expanding the organization's powers to assign responsibility for chemical weapons attacks.
- OPCW Gets Power To Assign Blame In Chemical Attacks, Despite Russia's Objections RFE/RL 27 Jun 2018 -- Countries have overwhelming voted to give the world's chemical weapons watchdog new powers to assign blame for attacks using banned toxic materials, in a motion backed by the West and opposed by Moscow.
- Britain Pushes To Empower Chemical-Weapons Watchdog To Identify Attackers RFE/RL 27 Jun 2018 -- Britain and the United States have led an effort to empower the world's chemical-weapons watchdog to identify who is behind toxin attacks, triggering strong opposition from Russia and Syria.
- UN chemical weapons watchdog adds new powers to assign blame, following attacks UN News 27 Jun 2018 -- The United Nations chemical weapons watchdog voted in favour of a United Kingdom-led proposal on Wednesday, allocating itself new powers to assign blame for attacks.
- World's Nuclear Arsenal Declines, But Modernization Continues RFE/RL 18 Jun 2018 -- World powers slightly reduced their stockpiles of nuclear warheads to 14,465 at the start of 2018, driven by cuts by the United States and Russia, although modernization programs are continuing, a new report shows.
- UN Chief: Nuclear Weapons Pose Catastrophic Risks VOA 26 Feb 2018 -- Nuclear weapons pose catastrophic risks to human life and the environment and must be eliminated, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told delegates attending the 65-member Conference on Disarmament.
- Korean nuclear crisis, Middle East quagmire eroding global security, UN chief tells Munich summit UN News 16 Feb 2018 -- A nuclear threat on the Korean Peninsula and a quagmire in the Middle East are "two qualitative changes" that further eroded global security over the past year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told an annual conference on international security policy in Munich, Germany.
- World At Risk Of 'Nuclear Confrontation,' UN Chief Warns RFE/RL 16 Feb 2018 -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that for the first time since the end of the Cold War, the world faces the "threat of a nuclear confrontation" in light of North Korea's nuclear activities, while NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the international community must apply "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang to give up its nuclear and weapons program.
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