New York, 2 October 2020. Cuba participated today in the General Assembly High-Level Meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. As previous meetings of this 75th United Nations General Assembly, the event was held online with pre-recorded video statements due to the situation that COVID-19 has caused across the world.
The Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, who took the floor on behalf on the Caribbean island, illustrated how there are still 13,400 nuclear weapons, of which almost 1,800 are on operational readiness and 3,270 are deployed. He pointed out that more than half of them belong to the United States.
The international community cannot remain impassive to the United States nuclear posture review, which lowers the threshold for the use of this type of weapons, even in response to the so-called “non-nuclear strategic threats”, warned the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Rodríguez Parrilla rejected the decision of the United States government to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal and from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed with the former Soviet Union in 1987, which he considered as unilateral actions with serious consequences for international stability and security. At the same time, he urged Washington to renew the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia.
Likewise, he condemned the US attempts to restore the Monroe Doctrine, in violation of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.
To Cuba, the total elimination of nuclear weapons must be the highest priority in the area of disarmament and considers that nuclear power should be used only for peaceful purposes for the socioeconomic development of States, without discrimination. Its commitment to such premise has been demonstrated on more than one occasion: it was the fifth State to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; is located in the first Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone created in a densely populated area; and is an active member of the Non-Aligned Movement, which promotes the commemoration of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations