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World shouldn’t give up on nuclear disarmament, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

25/09/2022 NewsHub, By Craig McCulloch for RNZ

After a two-year Covid-induced hiatus, the United Nations’ leaders’ summit returned with gusto this week, but against a far darker backdrop than Jacinda Ardern’s last time there.

The general assembly has been dominated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with attention fuelled this week by Vladimir Putin’s barely veiled nuclear threats and expanded war effort.

In an end-of-trip interview with RNZ, the Prime Minister noted the conflicted emotions among leaders in New York: pleased to have “come through” the pandemic, only to then “smack up against such significant hurdles”.

“Everyone was talking in some form about issues like inflation… climate action, and the persistent security threats in Europe,” Ardern told RNZ.

The mere mention of nuclear war added gravity; the conflict was “absolutely” on everyone’s lips, Ardern said.

“It is a worrying time.”… https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2022/09/world-shouldn-t-give-up-on-nuclear-disarmament-says-prime-minister-jacinda-ardern.html

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September 26, 2022 - Posted by | New Zealand, weapons and war

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