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Senior Russian diplomat, UN under secretary general discuss disarmament issues

The parties also exchanged views on matters concerning arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation

MOSCOW, April 27. /TASS/. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and United Nations Under Secretary General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu have discussed a wide range of disarmament and non-proliferation issues, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"There was a thorough discussion of regional security issues, including the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Iran’s nuclear program, Syria’s chemical weapons issues and the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue," the statement reads.

Besides, the parties also exchanged views on matters concerning arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation. "Special attention was paid to factors affecting strategic stability, such as the deployment of global missile defenses, the implementation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) and the New START treaty," the Russian Foreign Ministry added.

"The focus also was on prospects for continuing the nuclear disarmament process, strengthening the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), preventing an arms race in space and adopting the Russian-drafted International Convention on Countering Chemical and Biological Terrorism, presented at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva," the statement says, adding that the parties also "touched upon the situation surrounding the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), including the prospects of its entry into force."

"The parties emphasized the importance of exchanging views, particularly given efforts to outline the UN secretary general’s disarmament agenda," the Russian Foreign Ministry noted.