Agence France Presse reported remarks of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking in Seoul:
Some say nuclear disarmament is utopian… I say the illusion is that nuclear weapons provide security,”Ban said . . .
Stressing the inability of nuclear weapons to defend against the threats of crime, terror and disease, the secretary general argued that their inherently destabilising presence was unwarranted in the post-Cold War era.
How, then, do we explain that… amidst a global financial crisis, the nuclear-weapon states seem intent on modernising their arsenals for decades to come?
And more broadly, how can we justify global military spending that last year was twice as much in a day as the UN spent on all its activities the whole year?” he said.
• Agence France Presse, Express Tribune [Pakistan], 2012.10.29.