Saturday, July 8, 2017

UN adopted historical treaty to ban nuclear weapons

It was 1000 hours Eastern Standard Time in a sunny New York when the United Nations voted on a historical treaty that will ban nuclear weapons once and for all despite the opposition from nuclear armed states, including the United States, Russia, and China.

Source: International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons
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About 122 nations voted in favor for the treaty while only one voted against and one abstained.

This historic treaty is a direct response to North Korea's ongoing missile and nuclear tests as well as US President Donald Trump's ambition to win the arms race against Russia and China, all in the name of humanitarian efforts to erase these weapons of mass destruction once and for all.

United Nations once adopted treaties to ban bioweapons in 1972, chemical weapons in 1993, land mines in 1997, and cluster bombs in 2008, following responses from gross crimes against humanity thanks to such weapons of mass destruction.

The treaty will open for signature by states at the United Nations in New York on the 20th of September 2017. Civil society organizations and over 140 states have participated in negotiations.


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