United Nations adopts global treaty banning Nuclear weapons

  • United Nations adopts global treaty banning Nuclear weapons

United Nations adopts global treaty banning Nuclear weapons

The treaty was adopted by a vote of 122 in favor to one against (Netherlands), with one abstention (Singapore). The treaty will now be open for signing starting on September 20, 2017.

The vote, which opens the treaty for signature beginning September 20, drew a lengthy standing ovation at the United Nations headquarters in NY - even if it is not expected to have any measurable effect on the atomic arsenals in the hands of the few.

The treaty consists of the preamble listing the dangers of nuclear weapons and the main part.

The United States, along with Britain and France, say they will never become party to a global treaty that was endorsed by 122 countries at the United Nations headquarters in NY. And while the new draft treaty would purport to legally ban nuclear weapons, it is largely symbolic. Meanwhile, neither Russian Federation nor China has bothered to comment on the treaty.

A total of 129 countries, of the 193 represented at the United Nations, participated in the negotiations.

Notable exclusions to the treaty were nations known to bear nuclear weapons, including the United States, Russia, and North Korea, which recently claimed success in an intercontinental ballistic missile test.

"We do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become party to it", a joint statement after the adoption read.

Such a rule would be incompatible with their alliance obligations based on extended nuclear deterrence - the USA threat to retaliate with nuclear atomic weapons on behalf of allies.

Of the nations participating in the discussion, only the Netherlands, who have US nuclear weapons on their territory, rejected the treaty.

"This initiative ignores clearly the realities of the worldwide security environment", have blasted the France, the United States and the United Kingdom in a joint press release.

"We don't have nuclear weapons but, for some reason, we're against having them banned, which is directly at odds with what the government says that it wants", he told the ABC on Saturday.

The vote on Friday came after months of talks that were boycotted by the United States, Britain, France and others who instead pledged commitment to a decades-old Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The ban treaty effort is meant to provide renewed energy and momentum to the moribund global nuclear disarmament process.

Helfand, who authored "Nuclear Famine: Two Billion at Risk?" a report which examines the impact of limited nuclear war, serves on Physicians for Social Responsibility's national board and is co-president of its global federation, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Russian Federation is highly unlikely to ever consider giving up its nuclear arsenal. They moved the conversation away from abstract terms by taking into account the suffering of victims of nuclear testing and the Japanese atomic bomb survivors, while establishing a majority view that these weapons pose a grave threat to humanity and must never be used again.

Nuclear weapons "are seen as something of great value, which gives the power". "It is moving toward a more calculated strategy of assured retaliation".