Practice Relating to Nuclear Weapons
In 2009, in a statement on “Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament” submitted to the UN Security Council for consideration, Norway stated:
Norway fully subscribes to the overall political objective of creating a safer world without nuclear weapons.
Norway considers the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to be the main avenue for achieving the elimination of nuclear weapons.
In 2009, in a statement on “Nuclear and Humanitarian Disarmament” made before the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, the representative of Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated:
Norway expects the Review Conference [of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)] to stake out a clear path towards irreversible and unequivocal elimination of nuclear arms. The NPT must agree on specific steps to close any loopholes in the nuclear non-proliferation and security regimes. The NPT must pave the way for peaceful use of nuclear applications, which will be important for reaching the UN Millennium Development Goals. And the NPT must agree on a review process that holds us all accountable for fulfilling our legal obligations and commitments.
Such an outcome is not guaranteed, however, and a firm, determined and cooperative effort is required by all states parties to the NPT. If not, we run the risk of the NPT compact gradually dissolving.
There can be no doubt that nuclear weapons are the most inhuman and indiscriminate weapons ever created. Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation are essential from a humanitarian perspective.