The State Department said Friday that it is not bound by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and stressed that the agreement did not contribute to international law.
The statement, which explained Pakistan’s position, said the treaty was adopted in July 2017 and that it was negotiated outside the established UN disarmament negotiation forums.
The Foreign Ministry noted that none of the nuclear-armed states, including Pakistan, participated in the negotiations on the treaty, which did not take on board the legitimate interests of all parties involved.
In addition, several non-nuclear armed states have also refrained from becoming parties to the treaty, the statement said.
“At its first special session dedicated to nuclear disarmament in 1978, the UN General Assembly had agreed by consensus that in adopting disarmament measures, each state’s right to security should be kept in mind and at every stage of the disarmament process, the goal would be unimpaired. security for all states at the lowest possible level of armaments and military forces, ”the statement said.
The Foreign Ministry said Pakistan believes that the UN goal could only be achieved as a cooperative and universally agreed company through a consensus-based process involving all relevant stakeholders, resulting in equal and undiminished security for all states.
“It is indispensable for any nuclear disarmament initiative to take into account the vital security concerns of each state,” the statement said.
“Therefore, Pakistan does not consider itself bound by any of the obligations set forth in this Treaty. Pakistan emphasizes that this Treaty does not form part of or contribute to the development of international law in any way,” it added.
The UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was adopted by the UN in 2017 and reached 50 ratifications in October.