World must eliminate nuclear arms: U.N. General Assembly chief

The international community must not give up on ridding the world of nuclear weapons, U.N. General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic said Monday on the eve of his attendance at the annual peace memorial ceremony in Hiroshima.

The attraction of states to nuclear armament is a vicious circle, allowing for only either a completely nuclear world or a completely nuclear-free one, Jeremic told Kyodo News in Tokyo.

Complete nuclear disarmament "cannot happen overnight, but that does not mean we should give up this valiant task," Jeremic said.

"It is only through the multilateral engagement of the entire international community that one can prevent dissemination of nuclear technology that can be used to produce atomic weapons."

Jeremic said his speech at Tuesday's ceremony in Hiroshima on the anniversary of the city's atomic bombing in 1945 will be one of the most important messages he delivers in his life.

"(Hiroshima) serves as a reminder as to how the whole world can suffer if the efforts to contain and ultimately, in my opinion, rid the world of nuclear weapons are not followed through with vigilance and fervor," he said.

Jeremic said the next crucial development in nuclear disarmament is a meeting of world leaders to discuss the issue, scheduled for September at the U.N. headquarters in New York.

During his four-day visit to Japan through Wednesday, Jeremic will also meet with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and other officials to discuss disarmament, nonproliferation and U.N. Security Council reform.

Jeremic last visited Japan as Serbian foreign minister in March 2011, leaving hours before the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan's northeast.

Predecessor Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser visited Japan in November 2011.