UN Adopts Global Treaty To Ban Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear States Refute

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| July 8 , 2017 , 16:46 IST

The United Nations on Friday held the voting for the first-ever global treaty to ban nuclear weapons, a vote nuclear powers including the US, China, India and Pakistan boycotted.

The treaty, endorsed by 122 countries in the United Nations is expected to eventually eliminate all of the nuclear arms.

India, however, in views of their own interests decided not participate in the meeting.

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The Treaty is the first multilateral and legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament. It will be open for signature or ratification to all States at UN Headquarters in September and will enter into force 90 days after it has been ratified by at least 50 countries.

In a joint press statement, the Permanent Representatives of the US, UK and France in the UN Security Council, said they “have not taken part in the negotiation of the treaty and do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become party to it…This initiative clearly disregards the realities of the international security environment. Accession to the ban treaty is incompatible with the policy of nuclear deterrence, which has been essential to keeping the peace in Europe and North Asia for over 70 years.”

The envoys of the three nations also criticised the UN treaty for disregarding the realities by not considering the “grave threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear programme.”

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All of the nations with nuclear arms and or under the protection of one boycotted the negotiations. The UK also didn’t attend the talks despite government’s claims to support multilateral disarmament.

Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General welcomed the treaty adoption, saying, “It represents an important step and contribution towards the common aspirations of a world without nuclear weapons.”

However, some countries in protest said that a treaty to ban nuclear arms will undermine the international security architecture and could have grave consequences.