Obama to chair UN council meeting on nuclear arms

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Barack Obama will chair a special meeting of the UN Security Council next month on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, US Ambassador Susan Rice said.
The meeting will take place on September 24 during the annual summit of the UN General Assembly. The heads of state of the other 14 Security Council members will be invited to participate, Rice said in a statement.
“The session will be focused on nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament broadly and not on any specific countries,” she said.
“Over the next several weeks, we will work closely with members of the Security Council to prepare for this important meeting,” Rice added.
Obama has vowed to take new steps to reduce US stockpiles of nuclear weapons. He and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed in Moscow last month to reduce their Cold War arsenals of deployed nuclear warheads by around a third from current levels to 1500-1675 each.
Obama is scheduled to address the 192-nation General Assembly on September 23 and possibly a climate change meeting a day earlier. Those appearances are expected to be his long-awaited debut at the UN.
The Security Council has imposed sanctions on Iran and North Korea due to their respective nuclear programs.
Pyongyang has conducted two nuclear tests. Tehran denies Western allegations it is developing atomic weapons but has rejected the council’s demands that it freeze its nuclear enrichment program.



Pic: President Barack Obama of the USA