Cyril Ramaphosa told the United Nations General Assembly (UN) on Friday “As long as nuclear weapons exist, the threat of catastrophe events will continue to face humanity.”
According to Ramaphosa, “It is impossible to think that, within the established international norms, acceptable justification can exist for the continued existence of nuclear weapons, and even less for their use.
“The International Day for the Complete Destruction of Nuclear Weapons should remind the international community of its unfulfilled obligation to eliminate nuclear weapons.”
According to the UN website, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Non-Reproduction of Nuclear Weapons.
“As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the 50th anniversary of the Treaty, it is an irregularity that more than 14,000 nuclear weapons still exist,” Ramaphosa said.
“As the only country that has voluntarily abandoned nuclear weapons, South Africa remains deeply concerned that nuclear disarmament is not being complied with under the treaty.