UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on the U.N. General Assembly meeting (all times local):
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is appealing to the international community, especially Russia and China, to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, calling North Korea a case study of the failure to prevent rogue states from obtaining weapons of mass destruction.
Tillerson said Thursday that North Korea never came into compliance with and cheated on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty it joined in the mid-1980s — but was never held accountable.
He said there were also lessons for Iran “which was on its own path to develop nuclear weapons” and “seems keen to preserve for itself the option to resume such work in the future,” an allegation strongly denied by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.
Tillerson spoke at a ministerial meeting of the U.N. Security Council called by the United States on “the acute threat” posed by the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
He said that “as we look to the future, the international community’s record of enforcing compliance with nonproliferation obligations and commitments is not what we need it to be.”
Tillerson said all nations must work together “bilaterally, regionally and globally to stem the tide of proliferation.”
Germany’s top diplomat is defending international institutions and agreements, condemning “egoism” on the world stage.
Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told the U.N. General Assembly that the existing nuclear accord with Iran should be honored in order to encourage other countries, especially North Korea, to adopt limits on nuclear programs.
Appearing to indirectly take on U.S. President Donald Trump’s philosophy of “America first,” Gabriel gave a full-throated defense of multilateral agreements as the best path to ensure global security.
He said: “We need more international cooperation and less national egoism, not the other way around.”
China says negotiations offer the “only way out” of the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear program.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi said there should be no new nuclear state on either side of the divided Korean Peninsula. He urged North Korea not to go further on a “dangerous direction.”
Wang also called for the U.S. to honor its commitments and for all parties to ease tensions and meet each other “halfway.”
He said: “There’s still hope for peace.”
Wang was speaking Thursday at the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N., where North Korea’s…