Pakistan declared plans against US’ expansion of nuclear capabilities

Vastavam web:  In a veiled criticism of the US, Pakistan has said the declared plans by one of the P-5 nations to expand its nuclear capabilities would renew an arms race and seriously retard global disarmament efforts.Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said this during a UN Security Council debate on ‘Global efforts to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by non-state actors’, the Dawn reported.She was apparently alluding to US President Donald Trump’s statement in which he had announced increasing the US defence budget recently, the daily said.

Lodhi argued that disarmament and non-proliferation were organically linked and criticized those nuclear-weapon states that were neither willing to give up their large inventories of nuclear weapons nor their modernization program, even as they pursued non-proliferation with messianic zeal.These “special arrangements”, she warned, carried obvious proliferation risks and opened up the possibility of diversion of the material intended for peaceful uses to military purposes, in addition to undermining regional strategic stability.

She expressed Pakistan s commitment to Security Council resolution 1540 and said that Pakistan had submitted its fifth national implementation report as a manifestation of that commitment.