Binay bats for one verdant, nuclear-free planet


Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER file photo

Member-states of the United Nations should make nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation, and peaceful use of nuclear energy their “common legacy to the future, Vice President Jejomar Binay said at the 2nd Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday.

“We must make the entire planet one seamless, verdant, nuclear-weapon-free zone, befitting one great human civilization,” Binay said.

Binay addressed the meeting of world leaders aimed at combating nuclear terrorism. He represented President Benigno Aquino III, who could not make it to the meeting that was called to deal with the danger of nuclear weapons falling in dirty hands.

The summit came amid international efforts to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons and make North Korea fold its nuclear-weapons program, and fears that the global terror network al-Qaeda is trying to get its hands on materials for making bombs.

Reinvent world

“We have to reinvent a world in which the thermonuclear peril is gone, not only because we would have abolished nuclear weapons, but [also] because we would have abolished the need for nuclear weapons,” Binay said.

Despite the damage caused by the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan in March last year, Binay said, the problem of security in the peaceful use of nuclear energy has “not transcended those related to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and radioactive materials.”

He called on UN member-states to chart a new course in the handling of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy and strengthen the global nuclear security by sharing information, expertise and technology, and using penal laws that have the most effective and widest reach to deny comfort to those who would breach security anywhere in the world.

The summit ended on Tuesday with the leaders of the world’s nuclear powers unable to dissuade North Korea from launching a long-range rocket next month, seen as a test in the development of an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the United States.

High point

For Binay, who is back in Manila after attending the meeting, addressing the summit was the “high point” of his trip to Seoul. He reported “exchanging personal greetings” with more than 50 world leaders who attended the meeting, most of whom, he said, had “very kind words” for President Aquino.

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  • Pauline

    alam mo Binay, walang makikinig sayo. 

    You think China wants nuclear disarmament? You think the US wants nuclear disarmament? 
    Eh kaya nga tayo pinagbabantaan ng China kasi wala tayo panlaban sa kanila. Wala tayong nuclear bombs to act as deterrent sa aggressions nila. Alam nila wala tayong bala habang sila meron. 

    Kaya nga hindi maatake ng America yung China dahil may nuclear arms ito. Look at Libya, Gadaffi allowed to surrender all od Libya’s nuclear arms to please the international community… oh edi napatanggal siya sa pwesto using armed attacks from the West kasi wala siyang panlaban na nuclear arms na pwede na gawing threat sa aggressiveness ng West. 
    Look no further. North Korea has nuclear arms… wonder why North Korea did not end up like Libya? Because North Korea has nuclear arms and it uses this power to deter the West from overthrowing the Kim Dynasty. 

    So, walang makikinig sayo. Nuclear arms are here to stay. I even think we need nuclear weapons in order to counter China’s aggressions in the Spratleys.

  • joboni96

    nuclear is just a tool
    and like any tool
    it can be bad or good

    how about nuclear power
    run by environmentalists
    not by capitalists?

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