Explanation of Position in the First Committee on Resolution L1: “Establishment of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in the Region of the Middle East”

Ambassador Robert Wood
U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament
New York City
October 27, 2017


Mr. Chairman, my delegation is pleased to once again join consensus on draft resolution L1, “Establishment of a nuclear weapon-free zone in the region of the Middle East.” We support the important goals of this resolution and the consensus-based spirit in which it was pursued this year. We note, however, that, as it pertains to preambular paragraph 8 of the resolution, we do not consider the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to constitute an “initiative leading to general and complete disarmament.”

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.