UN Secretary-Gen Ban Ki-moon calls for renewed focus on WMDs
Washington: United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday asked the international community to renew focus on the commitment of eliminating weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) saying the technological advances make it easier for extremist groups to produce and deliver materials used for making such arms.
“I acknowledge that the production of WMDs has been curbed but technological advances have made it easier for terror organisations to acquire the material used in the making of such weapons,” said Ban while speaking at a UN Security Council meeting.
“Today, one of the biggest challenges to the countries around the world is the possibility of use of WMDs by terrorists, criminals as well as other non-state actors,” said INTERPOL’s special representative Emmanuel Roux.
“In the past, al-Qaeda, Aum Shinrikyo (Japanese) and other terror outfits have been clearly expressing their intention of developing, acquiring and deploying WMDs against civilian populations across the globe” added Roux.