The Marshall Islands Foreign Minister has reminded the United Nations of the horrific consequences of nuciear testing. Speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, John Silk called for greater global political resolve to eliminate the growing nuclear threat around the Korean peninsular.
He condemned recent nuclear tests because he said his nation knew the lasting impact of such actions first hand. Mr Silk recalled how some of the 67 nuclear tests conducted by the US in the Marshalls between 1946 and 1958 were authorised by the UN itself.
The consequences of this ignorance were and are beyond horrific. Our people and environment have suffered as no other people should. And these legacies, these legacy impacts, remain today as stark and present challenges." John Silk said it remained his country's firm hope that all nuclear-armed nations could garner the political will to disarm.
He said the secretary-general described finding a solution to the issue as "critical for the future of the Marshall islands", and assuring the Pacific country that relevant UN agencies were ready to assist.
Mr Silk also supported those nations who were able to affirm the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and he was committed to a close and inclusive examination of his country's own participation in the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. (RNZI)