122 countries endorse treaty to ban nuclear weapons
July 7, 2017

A treaty designed to lead to the eventual elimination of all nuclear weapons was endorsed today at the United Nations by 122 countries. Inevitably, none of the nine nuclear weapons states signed the treaty, with, shamefully, the United States as the most vocal critic.

“It’s been seven decades since the world knew the power of destruction of nuclear weapons and since day one there was a call to prohibit nuclear weapons,” Elayne Whyte Gómez, president of the UN conference, told the Guardian. “This is a very clear statement that the international community wants to move to a completely different security paradigm that does not include nuclear weapons.” (Read the Guardian article.)

According to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which took a leading role in making the treaty a reality, "Until now, nuclear weapons were the only weapons of mass destruction without a prohibition treaty, despite the widespread and catastrophic humanitarian consequences of their intentional or accidental detonation. Biological weapons were banned in 1972 and chemical weapons in 1992." (Read more from ICAN).

Article originally appeared on Beyond Nuclear (http://www.beyondnuclear.org/).
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