Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Questions of non-proliferation and disarmament will play a vital role for Germany during its Security Council membership. Germany wishes the vision of a nuclear weapon-free world to be a global guiding theme. Disarmament and non-proliferation are two sides of the same coin.

However, the non-proliferation regime threatens to be slowly eroded by the conduct of states such as Iran and North Korea. In the medium term, this could lead to new atomic arms races in the affected regions. This would ultimately mean a loss of security for all.

Compliance with international treaties and standards must therefore be improved.  In addition, there must be an ability to react more decisively to treaty violations. Uniform, universally valid as well as implementable rules are required in order to be able to effectively combat treaty withdrawals or violations. From the German perspective, the Security Council should assume greater responsibility here.

Germany therefore supports the efforts towards denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and plays an active role in finding a solution to the Iranian nuclear program within the framework of the E3+3. Associated with this is active and responsible cooperation in the respective sanctions committees on North Korea and Iran.

Furthermore, Germany makes sustained contributions to avoiding the transfer of weapons of mass destruction to non-state actors and leads a working group in the committee responsibly for this pursuant to Resolution 1540.