Turkey says nuclear arms to not provide extra security

Turkey's premier said that weapons of mass destruction would not provide extra security to any country.

Turkey says nuclear arms to not provide extra security

Turkey's premier said on Thursday that weapons of mass destruction would not provide extra security to any country.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is currently in the United States to hold a series of talks, attended a summit of the United Nations Security Council in New York.

It is also the first time that a U.S. president presided the meeting since the United States took over rotating presidency of the 15-member UN Security Council on September 1.

Delivering a speech at the gathering, Erdogan said, "We believe possessing weapons of mass destruction will not provide an additional security to any country in this age".

Erdogan said that such weapons harmed regional security and stability.

"Therefore, Turkey attaches great importance to efforts aiming to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, especially in the Middle East," he said.

Erdogan also said that the level of nuclear security should be increased and maintained all over the world.

"Nuclear terrorism and illegal trade of nuclear materials are serious threats that should be fought against with a global and common commitment," he said.

Erdogan also stated that a progressive and continuous approach should be adopted regarding the nuclear disarmament

Nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran topped the agenda of the meeting.

At the end of the meeting, a draft prepared by the United States on nuclear disarmament was ratified by all members of the UN Security Council.

President Muammar Qadhafi of Libya, one of non-permanent members of the Council, did not attend the meeting.

U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian President Dimitriy Medvedev were among the participants.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, State Minister Ali Babacan, State Minister & Chief Negotiator for EU talks Egemen Bagis and Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek accompanied Prime Minister Erdogan during the meeting.

Prime Minister Erdogan will have a meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad later in the day.

He will also address the UN General Assembly and take part at a meeting of Friends of Democratic Pakistan.

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