United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed a plan for world nuclear disarmament, calling weapons of mass destruction one of the gravest challenges facing international peace and security.
Mr. Ban spoke at an (East-West Institute) event at U.N. headquarters Friday that also included the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei. Also attending were representatives from Russia, the United States, China, the European Union, India, Japan and Pakistan.
The U.N. chief urged all nations to negotiate an international nuclear weapons convention backed by a verification system.
He called on the U.N. Security Council to discuss security assurances with non-nuclear states, and on nuclear states to be more transparent about the size of their stockpiles.
Mr. Ban also urged all nations to pursue elimination of all types of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons.