US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, made a statement on Monday, both through her actions as well as her words, leading forty other nations in opposition to the latest grand exhibition of naiveté by the United Nations, a vote to ban all nuclear weapons.
Haley said, speaking on behalf of the group, “We wanted to stand here, basically, just to have our voices heard.” She noted, “Suddenly, the General Assembly wants to have a hearing to ban nuclear weapons. As a mom, as a daughter, there is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons. But we have to be realistic.”
Haley asks, “Is there anyone that agrees that North Korea would agree to a ban on nuclear weapons? So what you would see is, the General Assembly would go through, in good faith trying to do something, but North Korea would be the one cheering and all of us, and the people we represent, would be the ones at risk.”She also asks, “Is it any surprise that Iran is supportive of this? It’s not.
Haley added, “You are going to see almost 40 countries that are not in the General Assembly today, and that’s forty countries that are saying, in this day and time we would love to have a ban on nuclear weapons. But in this day and time, we can’t honestly say that we can protect our people by allowing the bad actors to have them and those of us that are good, trying to keep peace and safety, not to have them.”
Included in the group of approximately 20 ambassadors behind Haley were the representatives of Britain and France, both possessing nuclear weapons, as well as non-nuclear nations of South Korea, Turkey and many eastern European countries. The Ambassadors of both Russia and China were absent from the dissenting group but have also chosen not to participate in the talks.
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