Dozens of countries sign historic nuclear weapons ban at UN

The United Nations General Assembly

Officially known as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the agreement was adopted in July 2017 at a United Nations conference in NY.

Indonesia was represented by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in signing the treaty, which for the first time in the world is legally binding on bans ranging from making to storing nuclear weapons.

Amid rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that the threat of a nuclear attack is at its highest level since the end of the Cold War.

Guterres noted that for nearly 20 years, with the sole exception of the DPRK, all countries possessing nuclear weapons have helped to create a global culture against nuclear testing through their voluntary unilateral moratoria.

Having met the 50-vote requirement, the ban will take effect after 90 days. It contributed to the effort when it presided over the 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

"We commit ourselves to continuing to work for a world free of the threat of nuclear weapons".

Australian diplomats are also skeptical about the treaty's ability to reduce the number of nuclear weapons.


Armed conflicts were the main reason for the displacement crises, SIPRI said in its 48th edition of its annual yearbook.

Some experts see the treaty as an expression of the deep concern about the enormous risks posed by nuclear weapons and the growing frustration with the failure of the nuclear-armed states to fulfill their nuclear disarmament commitments.

Also speaking was Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, who said the organization received a cable from Hiroshima on August 30, 1945 describing a "city wiped out", a great number of dead and over 100,000 wounded. May participated in a citizens signing ceremony for the treaty in front of Parliament Hill today. Following the Soviet Union's acquisition of the bomb, a policy of deterrence has held in place to prevent future use of the weapon-though it has often been tested.

Guyana, the Vatican and Thailand have already ratified the treaty. Because It's a close USA ally and it's protected by the US nuclear umbrella.

THE Philippines has called on UN member-states that possess nuclear weapons to join 121 nations in supporting an agreement that prohibits the use of weapons of mass destruction.

China - Asia's biggest nuclear power - has embarked on a long-term modernization program focused on making qualitative improvements to its nuclear forces, rather than on significantly increasing their size.

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