The President of the country has called for calm in North Korea‚ saying “the situation cannot be allowed to get out of hand“.
President Zuma was speaking on Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly.
“As a country that voluntarily dismantled its nuclear weapons programme‚ South Africa is of the firm view that there are no safe hands for weapons of mass destruction,” said Zuma.
Earlier in the day‚ Zuma signed an anti-nuclear weapons treaty at the United Nations‚ which only allows for the use of nuclear for purposes like energy and medicine.
“The only viable solution to the problems of nuclear weapons is their total elimination as expressed in the recently adopted UN treaty‚” he said.
“It can no longer be acceptable that some few countries keep arsenals and stockpiles of nuclear weapons as part of their strategic defence‚ while expecting others to remain at their mercy.”
Zuma also used his speech to call out those countries like the US who “opted for guns and bombs” instead of dialogue to resolve the Libyan crisis in 2011.
“Today‚ those countries are making little effort to promote stability in Libya. The major focus and preoccupation has become how to deal with the flow of migrants arriving in Europe from our continent and the Middle East‚ which are just mere symptoms.”
He also registered South Africa’s “disappointment at the June 2017 decision of the US administration to reverse the progress that was registered in the past two years towards ending the Cuban blockade“.
Zuma was one of 16 African heads of state who met on Wednesday with US president Donald Trump.