Vietnam on September 25 reaffirmed its support for the United Nations’ objectives of complete disarmament, with top priority given to nuclear disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation.

Addressing the UN’s 6 th Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban-Treaty, Vietnam’s Ambassador Hoang Chi Trung, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, said Vietnam has acceded to all the core nuclear disarmament instruments such as the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) which form the pillars of the UN nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation machinery.

CTBT, he said, is a major instrument to enforce a comprehensive ban on all nuclear testing that would be a significant contribution to stop the modernization of existing nuclear weapons, and to prevent the qualitative development of new nuclear warheads and delivery systems.

Trung said Vietnam was among the first countries to sign the Treaty in 1996 and then ratified it in 2006.

The ambassador, however, expressed concerns over the fact that the Treaty has not yet been enforced, stressing “the urgent need for greater efforts at all levels to bring the Treaty into force”.

He emphasised the particular responsibility and role of the Nuclear Weapons States (NWS) in the field of the global peace and security and called for “their sincere political will” to take a leading role in this regard. Vietnam is willing to work harder with all member states for the common goal of achieving the CTBT’s universal adherence at an early date, the Ambassador concluded./.