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NATO chief: UN convention won't rid world of nuclear arms

AP  |  Stockholm 

supports the idea of a world without nuclear weapons, but doesn't believe it can be achieved by imposing a ban through the convention on nuclear weapons, the military alliance's top said today.

said during a speech at a security conference in that ridding the world of requires a period of "painful disarmament" that the Treaty on the Prohibition of cannot guarantee.

Stoltenberg stressed that NATO's military deterrence strategy relies on a combination of conventional weapons and If members scrapped their nuclear arsenals but countries such as and kept theirs, the world would not be made safer, he said.

Stoltenberg's message was clearly directed to the Swedish government, which is divided on whether to sign the UN treaty.

Swedish is among those supporting it. The is unlikely to decide before the next in September.

The told Swedish Dagens Nyheter earlier that Sweden, which is not a NATO member, could find its cooperative relationship with the alliance weakened if it endorses the UN convention.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, has been working to promote the UN convention. The NGO was awarded the 2017 for its efforts to draw attention to the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.

Pope last week called on nations to work toward a binding nuclear weapons ban, and voiced his concern over the tensions on the The Holy See was among the 122 nations that approved the treaty last year.

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First Published: Mon, January 15 2018. 01:05 IST