Total disarmament a distant dream: Medvedev

Russia on Wednesday acknowledged that total nuclear disarmament was not possible in the near future, but called for a global consensus on the issue.

Mumbai: Russia on Wednesday acknowledged that
total nuclear disarmament was not possible in the near future,
but called for a global consensus on the issue.

"In near future, total disarmament is impossible. We
need to exercise special efforts for that," Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev said in an interaction with the students at
IIT-Bombay.
The visiting President was replying to the question
whether total nuclear disarmament is possible.

Citing example of the second Strategic Arms Reduction
Treaty (START) signed on April 8 this year to limit deployment
of nuclear warheads, he said American lawmakers were yet to
ratify it.

"We have signed the START with the US. My colleague
Obama is trying to convince lawmakers to ratify it. If they do
not ratify, we will also not ratify it," he said.

While pitching for a concerted effort for total
disarmament, Medvedev said, "Globally we need countries to
agree with the idea. It does not only depend on the US or
Russia. I believe humans have enough intelligence to say no to
all weapons."
The Russian President criticised Iran for not allowing
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect its
nuclear installations.

"Russia has good relations with Iran and was involved
in setting up energy projects and nuclear station. Everyone
agrees that Iran has the right to peaceful use of nuclear
energy. However, Iran has not allowed IAEA to inspect its
territory like India and Russia.

"Hence, sanctions were imposed on Iran by UN Security
Council and I hope that six-party talks which are underway
with Iran would yield results," he said.

PTI

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