BRICS nations urge nuclear disarmament

Members of the group have called for a “nuclear-weapon-free world.”

BRICS member states called for “a world free of nuclear weapons” in a joint statement adopted on Thursday.

“We reaffirm our commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons and underscore our strong commitment to nuclear disarmament and our support for the work on this issue during the 2022 session of the Conference on Disarmament,” the statement says.

The group also praised a joint statement by the permanent members of the UN Security Council (P5) – China, France, Russia, the UK and the US – stating that a “Nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought.” The major nuclear powers managed to show a rare display of unity earlier this year.

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Apart from that, the BRICS resolution rallied support for “negotiations in bilateral and multilateral formats to resolve all issues related to the Korean peninsula, including its complete denuclearization.” The group also urged “resolve the Iranian nuclear issue through peaceful and diplomatic means.”

The BRICS bloc (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) met for their 14th summit, hosted by China, which currently holds the rotating presidency within the group. BRICS leaders held a meeting on Thursday via video link.

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