In the statement, Myanmar also said: 'The dangers of nuclear weapons posed by their very continued existences and modernization of any sorts may not be easily visible to the general populace, but everything could go wrong if anything went wrong with nuclear weapons, and the history tells us that there have been numerous nuclear close calls. Therefore, the total elimination of nuclear weapons is the only absolute guarantee against their use or threats of use. [...] Even though we are still yet nowhere near our ultimate goal of nuclear disarmament, we believe the [TPNW] is the quintessential instrument in reinforcing norms against nuclear weapons. The entry into force of this treaty on 22 January of this year is welcome progress and a crucial achievement for the nuclear disarmament agenda. We believe that it will contribute to making the world free of nuclear weapons.'1
Myanmar was one of the co-sponsors of the 2021 UN General Assembly resolution on the TPNW, which called 'upon all States that have not yet done so to sign, ratify, accept, approve or accede to the Treaty at the earliest possible date'.2
- Myanmar should urgently ratify the TPNW.
- Myanmar should bring into force its Additional Protocol with the IAEA, and upgrade to a Modified Small Quantities Protocol.