U.N. Security Council to Vote on Nuclear Disarmament

NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (UPI) — The U.N. Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution Thursday on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, a U.S. official said.

Speaking with reporters Wednesday, Gary Samore, the National Security Council coordinator for arms control and non-proliferation, said the vote is scheduled to be held early during a U.N. Security Council summit meeting.

The resolution addresses three main issues raised by President Barack Obama in a speech in Prague, Czech Republic, Samore said.

“The first is nuclear disarmament — that is to say the countries that have nuclear weapons taking steps to eliminate them — including a new arms-control agreement between the U.S. and Russia,” Samore said.

“The second element is the non-proliferation element, preventing additional countries from acquiring nuclear weapons,” he said.

The third issue Obama raised in the Prague speech is peaceful use of nuclear energy in a safe manner.

Ambassador Alex Wolff, the United States’ deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, said officials expect the resolution will be adopted unanimously “and universally supported by all members.”

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