On 22/10/2017, the delegation of Iraq participated in the meetings of the First Committee of the General Assembly 73rd session in the discussions under nuclear weapons, in which first secretary Mr. Anas Abdul Latif delivered the statement of Iraq.
He pointed out that the total and final elimination of nuclear weapons is the only guarantee of not to use these weapons. Also, he pointed out that the international community must work together to achieve the universality of the relevant conventions and contribute to the final elimination of these deadly weapons, in a way that enhances international peace and security.
Iraq reaffirms the importance of the establishment of nuclear-weapon-free zones, especially in the Middle East, and that any attempt to establish such a zone must be preceded by fundamental steps, including the nuclear disarmament of the Israeli entity and joining the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as a non-nuclear party as well as the subordination of its nuclear facility to the comprehensive safeguards regime of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Mr. Anas also highlighted the importance of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) as an extremely important instrument for strengthening international efforts to achieve the objective of nuclear disarmament. Furthermore, the importance of this treaty to Iraq a facilitator along with Kingdom of Belgium to article 14 of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization on the entry into force of the Treaty.