By: The Daily Mail
On Saturday, February 6th, the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) of the United Nations met at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The committee convened to discuss the topic of nuclear non-proliferation, however the debate was wrought with aggression and accusations from Russia, North Korea, and the United States.
The committee had originally intended to debate about the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zones (NWFZs). Major countries present at the committee included the United Kingdom, the United States, North Korea, Russia, Sudan, and Cuba. The inclusion of North Korea on this committee is troubling, as the nation is known to be unpredictable and dangerous when it comes to the topic of nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction.
The Sudanese delegation started off by stating that they were in complete cooperation with the United Kingdom, the United States, and Russia on an agreement in which Russia had pledged to disarm their entire nuclear arsenal. This was supported by the United States, stating that it would decrease tensions between the U.S. and Russia in the Middle East. It seemed highly unlikely that Russia would be open to such an agreement, as the nation is known to be highly aggressive about their nuclear arsenal and access to weapons of mass destruction.
To counter the Sudanese delegation, Russia stated that the Sudanese were unclear about the terms of the agreement. Russia expressed that they would be open to taking more initiative to disarm their nuclear arsenal, but they would definitely not remove all of their weaponry. It wasn’t a surprise that the Russian delegation would make such a statement, as it was hardly believable that they would have agreed to the agreement mentioned previously.
The United States expressed its dissatisfaction with the Russian delegation’s response to Sudan. They believed that Sudan was in the right with their statement, and the U.S. wished to assist other nations in their disarmament.
The delegation from Egypt also expressed that they will not be signing any treaties or resolutions with the intent to disarm their nation. They stated that they wished to receive support from Israel, and would not engage otherwise. This brings up some troubling concerns about the intentions of Egypt and what their relationship with Israel is.
In a response to Egypt, South Korea expressed that every member state should sign the non-proliferation treaty and/or resolution, and specifically mentioned that countries such as Israel and North Korea need to sign the resolution. However, it is highly doubtful that North Korea and Israel will be able to reach an accord with the rest of the committee in which they reach peaceful terms regarding their respective nuclear arsenals.
North Korea, in a response to South Korea’s urges, was working on a resolution to “decrease powers,” and also stated that they feared prosecution from the United States. The North Korean delegation also stated that they distrust any promises made by Western powers, which is extremely characteristic of the hermit country.
In an interview with the Cuban delegation, they quoted North Korea: “The United States is the biggest terrorist organization in the world,” which is an alarming statement from the North Korean delegation. The topic also shifted to focus on terrorists accessing weapons of mass destruction, to which North Korea responded by attacking the majority of the committee and stating that all other member states were, quote, “foolish and naïve,” and that terrorists would still be able to access weapons of mass destruction even if nations were to disarm.
Russia attacked Iran during the debate, stating that the Middle Eastern nation’s nuclear programme was “useless.” Russia also demanded that they dismantle their program immediately; the delegation suggested that the committee disarm aggressive nations who possess or have access to weapons of mass destruction. In a brutal attack on the delegation of the United States, Russia blamed the United States for “creating ISIS,” and condemned the nation for invading Iraq not one, not two, but three times. Russia also mentioned that the U.S. President George W. Bush “went AWOL” during the Iraq War. Continuing the aggression, the delegation brought up President Bush’s decision to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol, while also attacking the IAEA.
In a response to the Russian delegation’s brutal attack, the United States was deeply offended. In a quote, they stated that they were “big boys, so we can fill up our pants.” The U.S. delegation also said that the country, Russia, was run by a former KGB spy, which was a reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s service in the KGB. The U.S. furthered the debate by fully supporting Poland in their efforts to remove all nuclear weapons from Europe.
It is needless to say that this committee has been wrought with lies, accusations, aggression, and pointless arguments. Although resolutions had been passed at the committee session, they have divided the committee by alienating many benevolent nations and empowering other malevolent countries, such as Russia and North Korea.