Pakistan to urge UN to declare Indian Ocean nuclear- free zone

ISLAMABAD, 20th May, 2016 (WAM)--Pakistan's government plans to call on United Nations to declare The Indian Ocean free from the nuclear weapons.

While making a policy statement on the deployment of nuclear-armed missiles on submarines in the Indian Ocean, Adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, said that Pakistan was considering a proposal for tabling a resolution at the UN General Assembly session later this year, which would call for making the Indian Ocean a nuclear-free zone.

He noted that Pakistan might ask the 32 littoral states to co-sponsor the move.

"Despite limitation of resources, Pakistan has developed a robust nuclear deterrence, which is constantly updated. At the same time, Pakistan’s successful efforts to ensure the safety and security of its nuclear and missile assets have been widely acknowledged," he said.


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